Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Robert Barclay, 21 October 1806

Somerset, near Hanover town, 21st Octr 1806.

Dear Sir

On the receipt of your kind favor of the 9th Augst. I determined to do myself the honor of waiting on you during the course of this month, at Washington; but since then Mr. Randolph Harrison has informed me that he had a conversation with you on the subject of my Father’s accompts with the United States and that you thought it most eligible that a petition for a donation to my mother should be brought forward during the next session of Congress, instead of an actual claim; as this therefore is the plan we shall pursue I can derive no real benefit from immediately knowing the exact situation of those accompts, and will accordingly defer going to Washington untill the Petition is brought before Congress.—I was solicitous personally to pay my respects to you that I might have an opportunity of offering my services should there be any vacant place you wished filled in a short time and which I might be competent to fill; if assiduity and attention can render me so, they shall both, with great pleasure, be bestowed on any office or occupation whatsoever you may think proper to honor me with, altho’ I am at present settled here as a farmer, I will with cheerfulness remove to any place you may be so kind as to appoint & am, with assurances of sincere esteem

Your’s respectfully

Robt Barclay

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