New Orleans 2d. January 1806
I have just a moment before the departure of the Mail to acknowledge the receipt of your letters of the 18th. & 25th. of November addressed to Governor Claiborne. As they are of importance I shall forward them to him by an Express unless I hear in the course of tomorrow that he is on his return.
He may possibly determine to prevent the Marquis’s coming back to our Territories who was when we last heard from him about 200 Leagues to the West of t⟨h⟩is place. No American officer has I believe atten⟨de⟩d him. With Sentiments of the Highest Respect I have the Honor to be, Sir, Your Mo Obt Sert
DNA: RG 59-TP-Territorial Papers, Orleans.