Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Lamb to the American Commissioners, 16 February 1786

John Lamb to the American Commissioners

Barcelona, 16 Feb. 1786. “On the 11th Day we arrived here”; has drawn for £2,600 sterling in all, £2,000 of which he will receive Monday next; hopes that the trinkets brought from Paris will gain him an audience at Algiers; has met with some little disappointments since leaving France which have detained them until this time; hopes to sail next week and refers them to Harrison for particulars as to his present situation. “He is fully acquainted.”

Tr (MHi: AMT): 2 p.: in W. S. Smith’s hand: without name of addressee, but presumably addressed to TJ and certainly to be regarded as a communication to the Commissioners. In SJL under date of 25 Mch. 1786 TJ recorded various letters as “received while in London.” One of these was from “John Lamb. Barcelona. Feb.” : opposite the entry for this incompletely-dated letter from Lamb, TJ wrote: “left with Mr. Adams,” thus accounting for the presence of the letter in the Adams papers. This was probably one of the letters transmitted by David Humphreys in his to TJ of 17 Mch. which TJ also received on 25 Mch. 1786.

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