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PREFACE a re files of the Monitenr lished c ontemporaneously de la Louisiane xiii a nd of the The Orleans Gazette, b oth of w h i c h n ewspapers w ere p ubw i t h the conspiracy. f ormer was the organ of the Creole population, the l atter represented the Americans proper, while both c ontain, apart f r o m valuable documentary evidence, a t rustworthy reflection of the public m i n d of the time. I t is n eedless t o say that much new light is shed on t hat dark chapter i n the history of the conspiracy which i s concerned w i t h the attitude of the native Louisianians t oward B u r r , and w i t h W i l k i n s o n ' s reign of terror i n t he capital of Orleans. T h e official manuscript J o u r n a l o f W . C. C. Claiborne, the first Governor of the T e r r i tory, preserved i n the o l d Tulane L a w L i b r a r y , is of e xceeding interest, containing as it d oes m uch of his c orrespondence w i t h the National Government, W i l k i n son, and others. C olonel R . T . D u r r e t t of L o u i s v i l l e has i n his splend i d l ibrary a file of the Palladium, n ewspaper published at Frankfort, e dited by W i l l i a m H u n t e r . an independent and Kentucky, I n it are voiced the early Most c ontroversies that rent K e n t u c k y society, w h i c h has a lways b een regarded as rife w i t h disaffection. o f the sensational articles concerning B u r r , W i l k i n s o n , a nd the Spanish Association, w h i c h appeared i n the Western Palladium. World, a n incendiary newspaper established a t F r a n k f o r t i n J u l y , 1806, w ere r eprinted i n the L i k e w i s e a f ull a ccount is given of the Another i m t wo arraignments of B u r r i n K e n t u c k y .