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John Adams to Thomas Barclay

Sep. 1785

further Instructions to Mr Barclay. [September 1785]

You will extend Your Inquiries to Algiers, Tunis Tripoli and all the other States upon the Coast, and after you shall have executed Your Business at Morocco, or sooner if you find it necessary You will proceed to Algiers and the others of practicable and enter into Similar Treaties with them, if possible, but the whole Expence, of all these Negotiations \including that with Mor[occo]/ must not exceed the sum of 80,000 Dollars, including all the Expences of every Kind of all the Persons concerned in them, and We earnestly recommend it to you, to reduce these Expences as much below that Sum as possible, knowing full well what is no Secret to you, the difficulty of obtaining Funds for the indispensable Services of our Country in Europe at this time.

(MHi: Adams Papers).
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