Papers of John Adams, volume 18

From James Warren

From Benjamin Hichborn

To John Adams from Thomas Jefferson, 23 October 1786 Jefferson, Thomas Adams, John
From Thomas Jefferson
Dear sir Paris Octr. 23d. 1786

Your favor of Sept. the 11th. came to hand in due time & since that I have recieved the copies of the Prussian treaty you were so kind as to send me. I have recieved a short letter from mr. Barclay dated Cadiz Sept. 25th. 1 only announcing his arrival there & that he should proceed immediately to Madrid. At this latter place he would meet my letter informing him that we did not propose any thing further with the Piratical states at this time. The inclosed extract of a letter from mr. Carmichael also mentions mr. Barclay’s arrival at Cadiz.2 A letter from mr. Carmichael some time ago informed me that a bill had been drawn on him by mrs. Lamb in America,3 by order as she said of mr Lamb; This gentleman not proposing to proceed either to New-York, London, or Paris to settle his accounts, I desired mr. Carmichael, if any money remained yet in the hands of mr. Lamb’s banker at Madrid, to obstruct its going out until he could give us information. His answer was that it was all withdrawn by mr. Lamb. By some means or other I omitted to mention these circumstances to you at the time. I mention them now to explain the reasons of mr. Carmichaels touching on that subject in the inclosed. We may now hourly expect from Mr. Barclay a copy of the preliminary treaty with Morocco. Is it your opinion that the definitive one should be executed through his agency, or that of Colo. Franks or of any other person? I beg you to present my most friendly respects to Mrs. Adams & to be assured yourself of the esteem & attachment with which I have the honor to be sir, your most obedient humble servant

Th: Jefferson (Test W Short sec)

RC and enclosure (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mr Adams”; endorsed: “Mr Jefferson”; notation: “Colo. Smith.”


Jefferson likely meant Thomas Barclay’s 26 Sept. letter, which he received on 14 Oct. (Jefferson, Papers , 10:403–404).


The extract was from William Carmichael’s 3 Oct. letter to Jefferson wherein he denounced the dubious qualifications of the “extremely zealous” John Lamb for the delicate task of negotiating the Algerian captives’ release (Jefferson, Papers , 10:427–429).


On 18 July Carmichael notified Jefferson that Lucy Bulkeley Lamb (b. 1749) of Norwich, Conn., had drawn £500 “by her husbands direction” (Jefferson, Papers , 10:150; William Richard Cutter, Genealogical and Family History of the State of Connecticut, 4 vols., N.Y., 1911, 2:953).