James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Charles Coles Claiborne, 20 May 1806

New Orleans 20. May 1806.


Mr. John T. Merriult, a Merchant of this City proposes to visit Madrid with a view of obtaining payment of a debt due him by the Government of Spain.

The claim of Mr. Merriult is considerable; and under an impression that the interference of the American Minister would be favorable to his interest, he proposes to ask of you a letter of introduction to our Minister at that Court, and lest you may not be acquainted with the merits of Mr. Merriult, I take pleasure to inform you, that he is a useful and worthy Citizen of this Territory; he has resided many years in this City; and is the Head of an amiable family. He is at this time extansively engaged in Commerce; and unites to the character of an enterprising Merchant, that of an honest man. I am, dear Sir, with great respect your friend

William C. C. Claiborne

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

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