Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Barclay, 26 September 1785

To Thomas Barclay

Paris Sep. 26. 1785.

Colo. Franks has occasion for money to carry him to London. As we propose that all the money for this business shall be procured by draughts on Mr. Adams, will it not be better for you to draw on him at present for enough to cover the last journey of Colo. Franks, to defray the present one, to pay for the articles to be purchased here, the expences of the future journey Southwardly &c.? All this be pleased to decide on for yourself as you are the best judge of it. I am Dr. Sir Your’s respectfully,

Th: Jefferson

RC (MHi: AMT); addressed: “A Monsieur Monsieur Barclay Consul des E. U. d’Amerique rue d’Orleans.” Not recorded in SJL.

On 1 Oct. 1785 Barclay sent this letter to Adams: “You will see by the Inclosed Note from Mr. Jefferson what his sentiments are about the manner of drawing. I wrote to Mr. Grand a few days ago that I shou’d have occasion to Value on you in the Course of a Month for twelve or fifteen hundred pounds Sterling” (MHi: AMT).

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