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Thomas Barclay to John Adams

3 Dec. 1786

Dear Sir Madrid 3d. Decr. 1786

I hope the Treaty with the Emperor of Morocco and all the Papers Mentiond in My Letter to You and Mr. Jefferson of the 2d. of october are before this time in Paris—The Day following the date of that letter a Copy of which you have Inclosed I was Confined with a Fever, But at length after several Delays some of which were Unavoidable, I sent Every thing Necessary by Col. Franks who went forward from the Escurial the 16th. of last Month—I also send you the Copy of a letter which I wrote to you and Mr. Jefferson from hence the 7th. and of one from the Escurial the 15th. which will place before you My Motives for setting out Tomorrow for Alicant. of this Date I have Valued on you in Favor of Mess. Lynch & Bellew of Cadiz Four Hundred Pounds Sterling which please to Honor and Apply to the Debit of the United States—I am Not Furnish’d with those Gentlemens Accounts as I lately sent Presents through their hands to the Governor of Tangeir and to some other Persons in Morocco, But I think I am still Indebted to them, and I shall at all Events be obliged to Value on you for as Much Farther as will Compleat the sum of Twenty thousand Dollars and I hope I shall not have occasion to Exceed that amount—I think I have Effects belonging to the Public under my Care to the amount of at least Five Hundred Pounds Sterling. Consisting of Cambricks in France, which I Cou’d not Procure permission to bring with Me. A Gold Musical Box and an Organ that were Deranged in the Carriage, and some other Articles that were Improperly Chosen, part of which I put into the Hands of Lynch & Bellew to be Disposed of—I sincerely Congratulate you on the Encrease of your Family, and am with Best Compliments to Mrs Adams and Mr. and Mrs. Smith / Dear sir / Your Most Obed. /Servant—

Thos Barclay

I have been obliged to open this Letter to say That the Bill Mentiond therein for Four Hundred Pounds Sterg. of this Date is in Favor of Mess: Drouilhet & Co. at 10 Days sight—and Not in Favor of Lynch & Bellew as said in the Letter—I Alterd the Bill because the Exchange is More Favourable Here than at Cadiz—

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