James Madison Papers

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

New Orleans May 8. 1806.


I enclose for your perusal, a copy of a Bill which had passed the two houses of the Legislature; together with a Copy of a message, notifying my disapprobation thereto.

This subject has occasioned much conversation in this place, and is made by some, a ground of complaint against me. As this affair may probably be misrepresented at the Seat of Government, I have thought it proper to communicate to you the particulars.

The ancient Louisianians in the Legislature, are impatient of controul, and will illy receive a check from the executive authority; but I must do my duty, and shall on every occasion act the part which my judgment approves. By pursuing this course I may present to my Enemies fresh materials to work upon and render myself unpopular; but my conscience will be tranquil, and I shall sleep the better at night. With respect and esteem, your hble Servt.

William C. C. Claiborne

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

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