New Orleans March 6, 1807.
I fear I was greatly deceived in the character which was given me of a Mr. Hopkins, a young man who was the bearer of my dispatches of the 5. & 6. of December last. I have heard, from good authority that he lost by gaming some money at Natchez and behaved otherwise imprudently. His indiscretions were renewed at Nashville; and I fear it is true that he is undeserving of confidence: While therefore I have seriously to regret, that I was so far misled as to speak favorably of this young man in my letters to you, I cannot but express my sincere desire that he may not have obtained a commission in the army for which I had recommended him. I am Dr. Sir, Your friend
W. C. C. Claiborne
DNA: RG 59-TP-Territorial Papers, Orleans.