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To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Barclay, 26 May 1786

From Thomas Barclay

Cadiz 26 May 1786

Dear Sir

Inclosed you have an account of the Cost of some Spanish Books which were not to be procured at Madrid and which Mr. Carmichael orderd to be purchased here for you. I have paid 127 Dollars and 18 Ryals for them and placed them in the hands of Messieurs Lyonnis & Belleu to be shipd on a vessel bound to Rouen to the Care of Mr. Anthy. Garvey of that place who will send them Forward to you at Paris. There are 19 Vols. in Quarto and1  in octavo, and I sincerely wish them safe to you. Of this Date I have valued on you for 750 livres in Favor of John Richards, which please to Honor and beleive me Dear Sir Your Very obed servt.,

Thos. Barclay

RC (DLC); endorsed. Noted in SJL as received 17 June 1786. Enclosure (DLC: TJ Papers, 27: 4647): receipted invoice, undated, for the purchase of books.

This same day Barclay wrote Adams: “In half an Hour I shall Embark on Board a Ragusian Vessel bound to Mogadore, and refer you to what I wrote to you and Mr. Jefferson a few days ago from this place, where I have been obliged to make a purchase of Tea Sugar and Linen in Addition to the presents.” He also advised that he had drawn on Adams for £300 sterling in favor of Lynnis & Belleu since he was “under a necessity of taking money with me” (Barclay to Adams, 26 May 1786; MHi: AMT).

1Blank in MS; there is the following note, in Barclay’s hand, on verso of the enclosure: “There are Duplicates of the History of Florida which Mr. Lyonnis was obliged to purchase, with some other scarce Book, in order to fulfil Mr. Carmichael’s orders. The whole make 19 Volumes in Quarto and 4 in Octavo.”

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