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New Orleans
Germinal 6, Year 11
(March 28, 1803)

The Colonial Prefect of Louisiana
to the
Gentlemen Members of the Cabildo of the City of New Orleans

I am happy to inform you, gentlemen of the Cabildo, that henceforth you shall be honored by being made aware of the intentions and views with which the French Government wishes its agents to be constantly informed.

I have embodied these objectives in a proclamation of which I am sending you several copies, and I ask that you give them the greatest publicity. I give you the assurance of the pleasure and confidence which I anticipate from our many future relations. I am certain that, in the future, we shall find other causes which will strengthen our reciprocal friendship and esteem.

I have the honor to salute you.