Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Barclay, 27 December 1792

From Thomas Barclay

Cadiz 27. Decr. 1792.

As it is impossible to pass Bills at Gibraltar for the necessary Sum, and as the exportation of it from Cadiz would be attended with an expense of four thousand Dollars; there is no mode left but for me to pass to Lisbon, where I think it may be raised, without a communication of the Business to any person but Mr. Humphreys. If it cannot be done there, I must depend on Mr. Pinckney’s sending it from London. I shall return to Gibraltar1 as soon as possible from Lisbon and exert every nerve to finish the Business.

Thos. Barclay

Tr (DNA: RG 59, MLR); decipherment in the hand of George Taylor, Jr.; at head of text: “Explication of a paragraph in Cyphers of a Letter of 27 Decr. 1792. from Mr. Barclay to the Secretary of State; at foot of text: “Mr. Jefferson.; RC (same, CD); in an unidentified cipher in a clerk’s hand except for dateline and signature by Barclay; endorsed by TJ as received 25 Feb. 1793 and so recorded in SJL; penciled below endorsement by TJ: “to be decyphered by Mr. Taylor.” Dupl (same); unsigned; in same cipher except for dateline. Dft (disassembled Lb in same); incomplete ciphered text in Barclay’s hand. Enclosed in the preceding letter.

1Keyed to this word with an asterisk is the following note by Taylor at the foot of text: “this word according to the Cyphers given by Mr. Barclay would read thus

Gi war l ta r
107. 1452. 1509 1022. 872.

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