2.08.2015

Letter from William Charles Cole Claiborne to Andrew Jackson

New Orleans 8th. February 1815--

Sir
     I am sorry to be troulesome, but being desirous that the bearer Mr. [Louis] Lescine should set out immediately in search of the negroes Laborous I could wish to name to him the sum which the Government will give for their service. Will you refer the question as to "a fair price" to the Quartermaster Genl. Col. Piatt? and may I promise such sum as He shall say is reasonable? I will give Mr. Leascine such letters to some influential citizens, as will, I am sure enable him very soon to obtain the number of negroes desired-- Mr Lescine is of opinion, that it would greatly facilitate the ogject in view, were he at Liberty to name the sum which will be allowed. If two hundred negroes cannot immediately be obtained in the vicinity, Mr. Lescine will be instructed to proceed without delay to the Parish of St. James, where the Planters have not yet been call'd upon to furnish Labourers-- I am Sir very respectfully Your obt. Servant

Wm. C. C. Claiborne

P.S. May I ask the favour of you to return to me, the complaints exhibited by General Morgain against Major [Paul] Arnaud of the 2d. Brigade of Militia, & which I transmitted to you-- as it is deemed most regular that the arrest of Major Arnaud should pass thro me, it shall take that course-- I have understood that Major Arnaud is now at Donnaldsonville & doing duty under General Hopkins--

W.C.C. Claiborne

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