Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Barclay, 28 July 1806

Somerset, King William Co. 28th. July 1806.


Having been informed that you were well acquainted with all the circumstances relative to my father’s having acted as Consul General for France, Minister to the Court of Morocco and also as Agent in some particular transactions for this State, part of which business was undertaken by your advice; and from my having lost by the burning of my Mother’s dwelling house a few years ago all the principal papers relative to those affairs, I should be happy to visit you at your return to Monticello, if you will then be so good as to give me the information I so ardently desire. I have understood that my Father received no compensation for his first voyage to Morocco, and my chief object in now trying to make myself acquainted with that business is to discover whether any thing can be obtained from the United States, on account of my father’s services, for the benefit of my Mother, Sisters & myself. If you can, without too much inconvenience to yourself, take the trouble of giving me this information I will with the greatest pleasure wait on you at Monticello at any time you may appoint. A letter directed to me at Hanover Town near Richmd, will come safe, and I flatter myself with the hopes of receiving one shortly from you, appointing a time for me to wait on you.

With sincere attachment and the highest regard, I have the honor to be Sir Your Most Obdt & Very Humble Servt.

Robt. Barclay

DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.

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