From Thomas Barclay
Lisbon, 28 Oct. 1791. He is waiting to find passage on a ship to Gibraltar or any part of the Mediterranean but this is difficult because any ship arriving in Italy from Gibraltar must be quarantined for ten days. He hopes nevertheless to proceed on his mission in a week. “At present I need only observe that the character of the present Emperor is very different from that of his predecessor, that every article fit to carry with me is one third dearer here than in either France or England, and that the proceeds of the bills will fall considerably short of the estimate, owing to all the foreign exchange being much in favor of this Country.”
RC (DNA: RG 59, CD); 2 p.; endorsed by TJ as received 21 Jan. 1792 and so recorded in SJL. John Barclay informed TJ that his brother had written on 3 Sep. of his arrival in Oporto in good health, and that he “would proceed to Lisbon by the first Conveyance” (John Barclay to TJ, 24 Oct. 1791; endorsed by TJ as received the same day and so recorded in SJL; RC in DNA: RG 59, MLR).