James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Charles Coles Claiborne, 14 July 1806

⟨50⟩ Miles from N. Orleans July 14th: 1806


In a former Letter I advised you of my Intention to visit the Several Counties on the Mississippi. I am now on that Journey, & hope to accomplish it, in a short time, unless indeed I should be arrested by Indisposition, which is not improbable; for an exposure to the Summer’s Sun has already made me very unwell.

I have taken the necessary measures to prevent the public Service Sustaining injury by my Absence, and whenever my Presence in the City may be necessary, I shall repair thither with great dispatch.

I Sincerely hope, that on the return of Mr. Graham (in October next) it will be permitted me to visit the U. States. Among other Objects of my visit to Washington, I am desirous to Settle my public Accoun⟨ts.⟩ I have the honor to be Sir, With respect & Esteem Yr: Mo: Obt. Sert

William C. C. Claiborne

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

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