1 Nov. 1806
Thomas Barclay stands charged on the Treasury books with Livres 69,280.17.7 but claims salary at the rate of 24,000 livre a year amounting together to 144,000 livres; which if allowed would leave on that account a balance due to him of Livres 74,719.2.5. Mr B. was Consul & commissioner of foreign accounts: no salary affixed by the former Congress; whether any was promised is not known. But as there was no authority in the executive offices under the existing Govt. to make or fix the allowance, his representatives applied to Congress. A report was made in Feby. 1797 never acted upon: all the papers remain in the office of the House of Representatives; and it is there that the claim must be pursued by the parties.
Ths. Barclay is charged with a further sum of 12,870 dollars advanced to him in 1791 by Mr. Humphrys on account of his Morocco mission. No account of the application of that money has been rendered; and supposing that Congress should order an allowance on the first account, still that must be retained until the last mentioned sum shall have been accounted for.
See Mr Harrison’s note & his letter of April 1796 to the committee of claims herein enclosed
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.