Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Barclay, 12 March 1791

From Thomas Barclay

[Philadelphia], Saturday, 12 Mch. 1791. Only his inability to sit up kept TJ from hearing from him sooner. He has reflected a good deal on what TJ said about “a Voyage to Africa, which I have concluded to undertake on such Conditions as the President or yourself shall think adequate to my services and expences.”—The House some time ago passed a bill granting $2,000 for making the Treaty with Morocco; the Senate doubled this sum, both being exclusive of expenses, but the Senate “made such other alterations in the bill that it was lost.”—He will not pretend to say what the allowance should be, but will cheerfully submit to the President’s determination in the hope that his temporary absence would not be prejudicial “should he have occasion to make any appointments of greater emolument and duration which I may be thought deserving of.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD); endorsed by TJ as received 12 Mch. 1791 and so recorded in SJL.

Barclay wrote TJ again on Sunday the 20th, saying that he was improving and could go to town any day after the 21st. He asked TJ to inform him whether his mission to Morocco had been finally determined, how soon it would be necessary for him to embark, and whether TJ desired to see him (RC in DNA: RG 59, CD; endorsed by TJ as received 21 Mch. 1791 and so recorded in SJL). An entry in SJPL shows that TJ had drafted Barclay’s instructions on 10 Mch. 1791. These were approved by Washington before he departed on his southern tour, but were not officially transmitted to Barclay for some weeks (TJ to Barclay, 13 May 1791).

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