Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Thomas Barclay, 17 February 1784

From Thomas Barclay

LS: American Philosophical Society

London 17th. Februy. 1784


In pursuance of your Excellencys desire a search has been made by Mr. Hodgson, for a precident relative to the Capture of Vessels situated in the same manner with that of Mr. Nesbitts; but none can be found— A Tryal however is soon expected to come on in the Courts here which will determine the point in England, and Mr. Hodgson promises to furnish you with the particulars of the decision.—

I am detain’d here procuring Copies of sundry Accounts and Memorandums from Mr. Deane which are highly necessary for explanation of the Public account and which may hold me ten days longer.—8

I am happy in informing you that the last Dutch Mail brings strong assurances that Mr. Morris’s Bills on the Negociaters of the Loan in Holland will be Paid,9 and remain with the greatest respect, Sir Your Excellencys Most Obedient Most Humb. Servt.

Thos Barclay

His Excellency Benjn. Franklin Esqr.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

8Barclay fell ill shortly after writing this letter and did not return until April 11: Roberts and Roberts, Thomas Barclay, p. 138.

9JA was in the Netherlands to try to save Morris’ bills from being protested; he announced his success to BF on Feb. 20, below.

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