Adams Papers

Thomas Barclay to John Adams, 9 July 1784

From Thomas Barclay

Paris 9th. July 1784—

Dear Sir

I wrote you last post since which I was Informed your things were stop’d at Brussells,1 This must have been Intirely through the Ignorence of the person who had them under his Care He had nothing to do but to Open the Trunks, shew there was nothing Contraband in them and so pass on— and this Idea I impressd as much on him by means of a person who spoke Dutch, as was in my power— But He to avoid the Trouble of having the things Examind Reported them as yours, and this occasiond all the delay that has happen’d—

I immediately went to Passy, and mentiond that a few things which I had sent you had been stoped at Brussells, and both Doctor Franklin and Mr. Wm. Franklin were very ready to do anything in their power, but on talking it over we all thought it better that the application shou’d be made at Brussells by youself—and I suppose you did it Immediately on hearing of the accident—

Mr. Heartly remains here— I have little doubt but I shall have the pleasure of seeing you at Paris before the summer is over.— I will lend you your Cistern during your stay, and if you want a small House, and I Can spare the one I am in, I think it will suit and please you2

I am persuaded you must Come—

Adieu, My Dear Sir and beleive me— / Yrs. Very much

Thos Barclay

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “His Excellency / John Adams Esqre. / at the / Hague”; internal address: “Mr. Adams—”; endorsed: “Mr Barclay / 9. July. 1784 / ansd 19.”

1On 5 July, above.

2Barclay presumably refers to the house in Paris on “Rue de Mont Parnasse sur le Nouveau Boulevard,” which he had taken when he left Auteuil in April (from Barclay, 18 April, above; Roberts and Roberts, Thomas Barclay, description begins Priscilla H. Roberts and Richard S. Roberts, Thomas Barclay (1728–1793): Consul in France, Diplomat in Barbary, Bethlehem, Penn., 2008. description ends p. 138).

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