Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Thomas Barclay, 3 August 1787

To Thomas Barclay

Paris Aug. 3. 1787.

Dear Sir

As you have acted, since my arrival in France, in the characters of Consul general for that country, and minister to the court of Marocco, and also as agent in some particular transactions for the state of Virginia, I think it a duty to yourself, to truth, and to justice, on your departure for America, to declare that in all these characters, as far as has come within my notice, you have acted with judgment, with attention, with integrity and honour. I beg you to accept this feeble tribute to truth, and assurances of sincere attachment and friendship from Dear Sir Your most obedient & most humble servant,

Th: Jefferson

RC (Charles Caldwell Marks, Birmingham, Ala., 1945). PrC (DLC). Tr (PHi); together with Tr of similar testimonials to Barclay from John Jay, 5 Oct. 1787, and Benjamin Franklin, 10 Nov. 1787. Another Tr (MHi: Knox Papers) of the same letters and in the same hand.

This letter was enclosed in TJ’s other letter to Barclay of this date, above. Barclay was not a Minister, but an agent deputed by the American Commissioners; see note to TJ to Jay, 21 June 1787.

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