George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Thomas Jefferson, 26 October 1792

From Thomas Jefferson

[Philadelphia] Oct. 26. 92.

Th: Jefferson has the honor to send for the perusal of the President the inclosed letters just received from mister Barclay.1

AL, DNA: RG 59, Miscellaneous Letters; LB, DNA: RG 59, George Washington’s Correspondence with His Secretaries of State; LB (photocopy), DLC:GW.

1Jefferson received two letters from Thomas Barclay, U.S. consul to Morocco, on 26 October. Both letters were written from Gibraltar, the first one on 31 July and the second one on 22 Aug. 1792. In both letters Barclay reported on recent events in the Moroccan civil war, and in the 31 July letter he wrote: “The Americans at Algiers had not, in the beginning of this Month, received any part of the relief that was held out to them, their deplorable situation is Confirmed by a letter which I received open from the British Consul at Algiers to the British Consul at Philadelphia, requesting hi⟨m⟩ to lay their sufferings before the legislatures of the United States, accompanied with one to my self partly on the same subject. Major Grey of the Queens regiment who was a Witness to thei⟨r⟩ wants, and I belive Contributed to relive them as far as prudently he Could do, Consulted me about the propriety of his writing to the President to procu⟨re⟩ them some attention from their Country, but I gave My opinion that it would not be necessary” (both letters are in DNA: RG 59, Consular Despatches: Gibraltar; extracts are in Jefferson Papers, description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950–. description ends 24:269–70, 312–13).

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