Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Bondfield, 9 August 1788

From John Bondfield

Bordeaux, 9 Aug. 1788. Mrs. Barclay wrote by this day’s post that she would set out by 10th or 15th at furthest, and intended to stop at Blaye. “The Diligence dont pass near that post of some miles,” and he urges TJ to convey his recommendation that she “stop at a Village or small bourg calld St. André de Cubsac near to which we have a Country Seat, and will give instructions for Carriages to convey her family and Baggage, where after refreshing herself a few Days she may embark. I shall have every thing prepared ready not to detain the Vessel a Day.”—Markets for tobacco are “pretty good them by the Missourie will bring from 36 a 38livre tournois a Cargoe of Maryland inferior sold yesterday at 34.livre tournois10.”

RC (DLC; endorsed.

Mrs. Barclay’s obvious disinclination to pass through Bordeaux (see Mary Barclay to TJ, 7 Aug. 1788) and Bondfield’s arranging for her to stop at St. Andre De Cubsac, a village about twelve miles from Bordeaux and about the same distance southeast of Blaye on the Gironde river, indicate clearly that her husband’s imprisonment at Bordeaux the preceding summer may have caused her to be apprehensive about staying in that port before boarding the vessel.

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