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[ Rouen, 10 Feb. 1786 . Recorded in SJL as received 12 Feb. 1786. Not found.]
[ 20 Mch. 1788 . Recorded in SJL Index. Not found.]
Nîmes, 4 Jan. 1789. Has changed his intention of going to the North of France. “The severity of the winter here … induces me to search in the milder atmosphere of Italy … the reestablishment of my health; an happiness denied me in this Country.” Will leave in a few days for Marseilles; requests letters of introduction for Rome or Naples. RC ( DLC ); 2 p.; endorsed: “Graves Thos. Russell.”...
[ L’Orient, 2 Aug. 1787. Recorded in SJL as received 7 Aug. 1787, together with a letter of Zachariah Loreilhe [ca. 3] Aug., q.v., in which Barclay’s letter was probably enclosed. Not found.]
Ostend, 25 Aug. 1787 . Asks whether United States colors and passes for voyages may be granted for vessels fitted out in Ostend for the East Indies; and, if so, what the conditions and expenses are. Danish and other colors are granted under these circumstances. He would prefer those of the United States. RC ( DLC ); 2 p.; endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 8 Sep. 1787.
[ Paris, 10 Apr. 1785 . Joint entry in SJL under this date reads: “Mr. Carmichael at Havre. Mr. Barclay. l’Orient and Nantes. Mr. Bonfield. Bourdeaux. Whether any vessels going to Virga. before middle of May or when? To Mr. Barcl. I acknoleged receipt of China. Whether a gentleman with valet could get passage.” None of these has been found.]
Bordeaux, 13 Aug. 1787 . Hopes that being presented by Mr. Barclay is sufficient excuse for writing; if not, “being an american may; for we are told that your Excellency’s goodness and attention, extend to the most inconsiderable of your Countrymen.” Has established himself at Bordeaux as an American ship broker with the advice and approval of Bondfield who vouches for him and suggested that...
Le Havre, 29 Jan. 1787. With “these few illiterate Lines” he is compelled by necessity to ask TJ’s assistance in getting to America. Was mate on the brig Sally , Shuball Coffin, master, from Nantucket. Is willing to work his passage across, but has been told “to procure an order from you.” Is a native of Boston. Assures TJ that he will “ever while Life Be ready and Willing to Compensate … for...
Le Havre, 30 Jan. 1787. Was a carpenter on board the ship Marianne , James Martin, master; “the Ship has been paid off by Reason of her being laid up”; has a wife and family in Virginia and desires TJ to procure for him a passage “in the Ship La Deriux Frear” sailing 10 Feb. for New York. RC ( DLC ); 2 p.; addressed; endorsed; postmarked “HAVRE.” Recorded in SJL as received 3 Feb. 1787....
[ Rouen, 11 Nov. 1785 . Recorded in SJL as received 13 Nov. 1785. Not found. This letter possibly enclosed Boylston’s proposals to TJ, which TJ in turn transmitted to Lafayette (see under 13 Nov. 1785); it was on 9 Nov. that Boylston wrote John Adams: “I have stated some proposals and laid ’em before the Marquis De Fiat and Mr. Jefferson to be introduced to the minister” (MHi: AMT). See TJ to...