Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Barclay, [14 July 1787]

From Thomas Barclay

[L’Orient, 14 July 1787]

Since writing the letter which accompanies this I found the Following Memorandums in a Book of mine. It will Enable you to fill up one of the Blanks in the little Account I sent you.

Mr. Jefferson 2 Dozens Madiera wine 30 livs. per Doz. 60
1½ Doz. Frontignan 24 36
1½ of Muscat 18 27
2 Pounds of tea 16
Received Twenty four livres 24
livs. 115
Expence of China at Rouen

I Do not know why the 24 livres are Deducted. Possibly you paid them to me for the Expences of the China, at Rouen. But the above is an Exact Copy of the memorandum.

Thos. Barclay

The First safe Conveyance to Paris by a private person shall Carry to you and Mr. Adams all my Accounts of Any sort Respecting my Journey to Morocco. They are too voluminous to send by post, and are Containd in 82 folio pages. I Believe they are free from Error, and that Every thing is properly Accounted for.

Whatever letters you favor me with to your friends in America, with your other Commands put them as soon as Convenient under Cover for me to Mr. Jay. The wind is still obstinate this 14th.

RC (DLC); without date, except the reference in Barclay’s final sentence. Recorded in SJL as dated 14 July and received 20 July, along with Barclay’s letters of 12 (missing), 13, and 16 July 1787; in his reply of 3 Aug. TJ refers to this letter as being undated. Though no enclosure is mentioned, it is almost certain that Barclay enclosed an “Extract of a Letter from Bordeaux dated 9 July 1787” from John Bondfield which reads: “Your Persecutors are uncertain the route you have taken. The day you left this they were busy, but since I do not find they have gone on all has been suspended. I have seen your Friend in high Office. He informed me that orders were received to reexamin your Powers, that he had doubts, and believed you subject to the courts, your mission being expired. It is fortunate you had a friend otherways you might have again had the repetition of Frenches lenity. Your Bill of five hundred Livres is not accepted. Grand gave for answer he had not any funds of the Drawers nor of the State of Virginia. This comes very unseasonably having need to assist a Friend, whose wants are urgent, and which I may possibly be obliged to reimburse” (DLC; in clerk’s hand). To this Barclay added at the foot of the text: “Mr. Jefferson will if possible procure Payment to the Bill on Mr. Grand in Favor of Mr. Bondfield 500 livres on account of the State of Virginia.” Barclay’s “Friend in high Office” was Dudon fils; see note to TJ to Jay, 21 June 1787.

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