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)..