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OFFICIAL LETTER BOOKS

OF

W. C. C. CLAIBORNE

1801-1816

EDITED BY

DUNBAR ROWLAND, B. S., LL. B., EL. D.

Director Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Secretary
Mississippi Historical Society, Member American

Historical Association

VOLUME II.

STANFORD LIBRARY

JACKSON, MISSISSIPPI

Printed for the State Department of Archives and History

1917

DEMOCRAT PRINTING COMPANY, MADISON, WISCONSIN

208876

STANFORD LIBRA

Sir,

LETTER BOOKS OF W. C. C. CLAIBORNE

1804-1806

To Mayor Bore

New Orleans March 1st 1804

Through the representations of the Municipality, I am made acquainted with the complaints of the people against the fees allowed to the officers of the Court of Common pleas in this City, and the jurisdiction of Said Court in certain cases.

The inconveniences remonstrated against, I had previous to the receipt of your Letter, in part remedied, by increasing the powers of a single Magistrate, and giving him cognizance of all demands under one hundred dollars.

With respect to the fees of the Officers, the subject shall be enquired into, and such decree made, as shall appear to me best suited to the General interest of my fellow Citizens.

Accept assurances of my great respect and high consideration.

The Honble.

(Signed) Wm. C. C. Claiborne

The Mayor of the City of New Orleans

Trading House License

William C. C. Claiborne Governor of the Mississippi Territory, exercising the powers of Governor General and Intendant of the Province of Louisiana

To all whom these presents shall come!

Know ye, that Bartholomew Shaumberg has permission to establish a Trading House, at each of the posts of Natchitoches and Ouchitaches, for the purposes of carrying on trade with such of the neighboring Indians as may choose to visit those posts.

This License is to continue in force, during the pleasure of the Governor for the time being, or until Congress shall make provision for regulating trade and intercourse with the Indian Tribes West of the Mississippi River.

Given under my hand and the seal of the administration at the City of New Orleans, the 1st day of March 1804, and in the 28th year of the Independence of the United States of America.

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You will perceive by the enclosed Statement that a certain Joseph Perry, a Seaman, complains of being imprisoned by his Captain without just cause-you will be pleased in your judicial capacity to enquire into the circumstances of this case, and take such measures as justice may demand!

I am Respectfully your obdt. St.
(Signed) Wm. C. C. Claiborne

Beverly Chew Esqr.

Justice of the Court of Common Pleas

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