James Madison Papers

To James Madison from William Charles Coles Claiborne, 5 December 1806

N.O. December 5th 1806.

Secy. of State.

At the moment of closing my dispatches, I received from an old and esteemed friend a letter of which the inclosed is a Copy.

You will be pleased not to memtion the name of the writer, unless you should deem it essential to the public’ Interest.

I am greatly embarrassed; but my best judgment will direct all my movements. What the issue may be God alone knows; all the assurance I can give you is that, I am prepared to lay down my life for my Country. Your faithful friend

Signed Wm. C. C. Claiborne

Printed Source--Dunbar Rowland, ed. Official Letter Books of W. C. C. Claiborne, 1801-1816. 6 vols. (Jackson, MS: State Department of Archives and History, 1917)..

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