Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Barclay to the American Commissioners, 11 August 1786

Thomas Barclay to the American Commissioners

DAralbeyda 11th. Aug. 1786.


I arrived here today and shall Continue my Journey to Tangiers Early in the morning. The Plague being at Constantina occasions a Rigorous Quaranteen of 40 days (from Barbary) in Spain.—I shall therefore Endeavor to get into Ceuta which being in the hands of the Spaniards is an Exception to the above remark and I think the Quaranteen from thence is only twelve1 days.

The Treaty shall be forwarded with all Expedition as soon as I arrive in Europe,2 and in the mean time I am Gentlemen Your very Obed. Serv.,

Thos. Barclay

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ. Tr (DLC); in Franks’ hand, signed and marked “Triplicate” by Barclay; endorsed by TJ. Tr of Tripl (DNA: PCC, No. 87, i); in Short’s hand. Tr (DNA: PCC, No. 107). Enclosed in TJ to Jay, 26 Sep. 1786. Noted in SJL as received 13 Sep. 1786.

Barclay wrote to Adams on this date informing him that he had drawn two bills totalling £750 sterling and repeating substantially the sentences of the present letter (MHi: AMT).

1This word interlined and “two” deleted in RC.

2In his letter to Adams, Barclay wrote: “The Treaty will be forwarded to Paris immediately on my arrival in Europe.”

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