From William E. Hũlings, 30 March 1803
New Orleans 30th. March 1803
I address’d you on the 27th. day of this Mo. by the Brig Vanilla, Capt. McNeal Via Baltimore, and inform’d you that the Colinial Prefect had arrived.
He has address’d a piece to the Louisianians—in which he promises to make them happy, and preserve peace with their neighbours. I have not been able to obtain a copy yet, but will send you one in a few days.
The deposit continues rigidly shut, nor can I say whether it will be open’d, until the result of Mr. Monroe’s Mission is known.
There are now in the River, and in port, about One hundred and twenty Vessels; about one half of which are Americans.
Doctr. Bache arrived here three days ago in good health. I am Sir With much respect your Most Obedt. Servt.
Wm. E Hũlings