4.10.2007

The Papers of Henry Clay, pg. 289-296



April 10, 1807

In a letter from James Brown in New Orleans to Henry Clay, the conditions of life and the reality of the conspiracy of Burr come to be understood. Under a”weak governor and a despotic general” (respectively William Claiborne and James Wilkinson), Brown describes the lives of most to be wretched. In a comment on Burr, he defines him as the “Arch Traitor, whose character he only lately had proofs”, and he fears him to be like Benjamin Sebastian. As the conspiracy on Burr is coming to light, a general fear for the constitution and the administration is felt throughout the colonies. In closing his letter, Brown asks Clay to update him on the Indian Creek and Trimble.

The Papers of Henry Clay, pg. 289-296