Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Barclay, 8 July 1787

From Thomas Barclay

L’Orient,8 July 1787. Encloses a sight draft in favor of TJ on Grand for 2,370 livres dated “the 31st. past” which balances his account current with the state of Virginia, also enclosed. Before this was opened, he was engaged by the Governor and Council of Virginia in other business; after its completion he was sent funds with instructions for their disbursement. “I was desired to accept of the remainder, which I did, and as near as I recollect it paid some necessary Expences … incurred in the pursuit of the object.” From this he paid Houdon in advance 1,200 livres toward the price of 1,000 crowns set for the first bust of Lafayette, and, shortly before his trip to Morocco, the 1,800 livres for the second bust by an order on Ferdinand Grand to be charged to Virginia. The account, stated from memory, should be correct, “for by my giving the State credit for this sum, I pay for the whole of the Busts agreeable to my Instructions.” Any errors result from the inaccessibility of his vouchers before he leaves for America; however, he will rectify them as soon as they become evident. He also encloses a “sort of a State” of TJ’s account with him. “Perhaps the articles left open on both sides will nearly balance each other. From the second part a Balance appears due to me of 519 livres. Please to put the whole right and whatever the Balance may be, pay it to Mrs. Barclay.”

RC (Vi); 2 p.; in an unidentified hand, with complimentary close and signature in Barclay’s hand; endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 13 July 1787. Enclosures: (1) Sight draft on Grand in favor of TJ, at Bordeaux, dated “31” June 1787 (Vi). (2) Account with Virginia dated at L’Orient, (Vi); a note at foot of text in TJ’s hand reads: “See Mr. Barclay’s letter of July 27. 1787. that he has omitted in this account to charge the state of Virginia 3. muskets made at Liege, which (filling up the blank of transportation from Paris to Lorient with 21livre tournois 4) amounts to 108livre tournois 8s. I will therefore pay that sum to Mrs. Barclay and charge it in my account against the state of Virginia, viz 2370livre tournois + 108−8s = 2478livre tournois 8.” (For an explanation of the phrase “filling up the blank,” see Barclay to TJ, 27 July 1787, note 1.) (3) The enclosed “sort of a State” of Barclay’s account with TJ has not been found. TJ’s copy of it, with additions to 24 Jan. 1788, is in DLC.

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