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Thomas Jefferson to John Adams

17 Aug. 1785

Dear Sir. Paris Aug. 17. 1785.

I received yesterday your favor of the 7th.. This was four days later than Mr. Shorts of the same date—it had evidently been opened. We must therefore consider both Governments as possess’d of its contents. I write you a line at this moment merely to inform you that Mr Barclay is willing to go to treat with the Barbary States if we desire it—and that this will not take him from any employment here—it will only retard his voyage to America—Let me know your sentiments here  &ca &ca.

We are told this morning that the Cardinal Prince of Whan is confined to his chamber under guard for reflections on the Queen who was present herself in council on his examination—the first time she was ever there—and the first instance of so high an Ecclesiastical Character under actual force.

(MHi: Adams Papers).
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