Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Lamb, 10 October 1786

From John Lamb

Alicante Octr. 10th 1786


I have received your Excellency letter. I am not able to take passage by Sea nor land. I have been confined this three months.

I am Exceeding Sorry that I cannot have a full Settlement in Europe. What I have wrote concerning it is real.

The letter of Credite I will return by the first safe hand. By post all my letters are broke. Therefore I think it will be unsafe by that method of Conveyance, but in the mean time Shall Draw no more. Your Excellencys Obedient Hmbl Servt.,

J: Lamb

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ with his right hand. Tr (DNA: PCC, No. 87, i); in Short’s hand, and with various corrections of grammar and spelling; see Dipl. Corr., 1783–89 description begins The Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States of America, from the Signing of the Definitive Treaty of Peace … to the Adoption of the Constitution, Washington, Blair & Rives, 1837, 3 vol. description ends , ii, 15. Tr (DNA: PCC, No. 107). Noted in SJL as received 19 Nov. 1786.

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