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Thomas Barclay to John Adams

4 Sep. 1785

Dear Sir Paris 4 Sepr. 1785.

To what I have written Inclosed, I shall add that before Doctor Franklin left France he made a Compleat settlement of all his accounts, subject to the Revisions of Congress, and reserving to himself a right of Claiming some return for Extra services done— Matters which he thought were not absolutely within the line of his Mission—He Charged his Salary at the Rate of Two thousand five Hundred pounds Sterling [per] annum, supposing Congress intended that persons appointed after the Resolution for the Reduction of the Salaries took place, Cou’d only be affected by that Resolution, and his House Rent, and the Expences of his Bureau are Charged to the Public—I thought it Not Improper to say so much on this subject, as it may in some Manner Govern your Mode of settlement—If I thought\Immagin’d/ it absolutely Necessary either for the service of the Public, or your satisfaction that I shou’d pass over for a few days to England, I wou’d Not Hesitate, but I do not apprehend there is the least occasion, or Difficulty in settling your Accounts—I shall make No appology to you for the Trouble I give you but Conclude / Dear Sir / Your Most obed sert.

Thos Barclay

I write in a Hurry—

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