From John Lamb
Alicante Octr. 10th 1786
I have received your Excellency letter. I am not able to take passage by Sea nor land. I have been confined this three months.
I am Exceeding Sorry that I cannot have a full Settlement in Europe. What I have wrote concerning it is real.
The letter of Credite I will return by the first safe hand. By post all my letters are broke. Therefore I think it will be unsafe by that method of Conveyance, but in the mean time Shall Draw no more. Your Excellencys Obedient Hmbl Servt.,
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ with his right hand. Tr (DNA: PCC, No. 87, i); in Short’s hand, and with various corrections of grammar and spelling; see Dipl. Corr., 1783–89 description begins The Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States of America, from the Signing of the Definitive Treaty of Peace … to the Adoption of the Constitution, Washington, Blair & Rives, 1837, 3 vol. description ends , ii, 15. Tr (DNA: PCC, No. 107). Noted in SJL as received 19 Nov. 1786.