James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Charles Coles Claiborne, 8 April 1806

New Orleans April 8. 1806


The inclosed correspondence between Governor Grand Pré and myself deserves your perusal. I am inclined to think there is no foundation for the information communicated by Governor Grand Pré, and I rather suppose it is resorted to as a pretext for his late measures.

I have no recent intelligence from Nachitoches; At the date of my last accounts, the spanish Troops continued incamped on the western Bank of the Sabine. Major Porter had stationed a Company of Infantry in advance of Nachitoches and within the limits assigned by the Spanish Agents to the Province of Taxus, but I know not the Orders which were given to the Officer commanding the Detachment. I have the honor to be, Sir, very respectfully, Your hble Servt.

William C. C. Claiborne

DNA: RG 59-TP-Territorial Papers, Orleans.

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