Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from James Simpson, 12 February 1793

From James Simpson

Gibraltar, 12 Feb. 1793. He encloses two dispatches from Humphreys and a duplicate of one he had forwarded from the late Thomas Barclay some weeks ago by the English ship Norfolk, Wilson master, bound for Baltimore. By the death of his “much esteemed Friend” Barclay he has been placed in “a very particular situation,” since Barclay after arriving from Lisbon did not take a receipt for the money left with him nor for several packages containing articles left in his charge and intended for the public service in Morocco. Humphreys came to Gibraltar with the first news of Barclay’s death and allowed him to be present at the opening of the papers Barclay left with him. The public papers that have been selected and sealed up state exactly the sum he received from Barclay and the details of the packages containing the presents. He has delivered to Humphreys the statements and accounts for immediate transmittal to TJ, and anything else TJ needs will be sent at once. He had been sharing with Barclay news that he collected for Russia regarding the disputed Moroccan succession. Predicting when the matter will be settled is impossible, since other pretenders besides Muleys Ischem and Suliman are quiet now but are certain to press their claims when opportunity permits. In accordance with Humphreys’s request, he will advise TJ of any interesting news from Morocco and gladly render any acceptable service in his power. Humphreys sailed for Lisbon on an English ship this morning, with weather that promises a very short passage.

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD); 4 p.; at foot of first page: “The Honble Thomas Jefferson”; endorsed by TJ as received 18 Mch. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: David Humphreys to TJ, 8 Feb. 1793, nos. 66–7. The letter from Barclay has not been identified.

Simpson, the Russian consul at Gibraltar, became United States consul at the same place on 29 May 1794 and United States consul for the kingdom of Morocco on 20 May 1796 (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828 description ends , i, 157–8, 209).

TJ submitted this letter to the President on 18 Mch. 1793, and Washington returned it the next day (Washington, Journal description begins Dorothy Twohig, ed., The Journal of the Proceedings of the President, 1793–1797, Charlottesville, 1981 description ends , 93, 94).

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