From Thomas Barclay
5 Feby 1791
From the best information I can obtain the emoluments of the Consulship of Lisbon does not amount to three hundred pounds sterling Annum, and the place is a Very expensive one to live at. I therefore will not give you the trouble of mentioning me to the President on that subject.—If I Could be brought into his View for such appointment as he should think proper, under the Excise law that is likely to pass, it might prove of Consequence to Dear Sir Your Very Obed. Servant,
RC (DNA: RG 59, CD); endorsed by TJ as received 5 Feb. 1791 and so recorded in SJL.