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    [War of 1812]. James Monroe Document Signed "Jas. Monroe" as secretary of state. One page with integral blank, 7.5" x 12.25", Washington, August 19, 1814. Monroe here gives leave for "Col. Thomas Barclay, British Agent for prisoners . . . to proceed from Bladensburg, in Maryland, to Hagerstown, in the same state . . . All officers of the United States of America, therefore, civil and military, are requested not to offer to him any hinderance [sic] or molestation, whilst he is proceeding to Hagerstown . . . but, on the contrary, to afford him all necessary aid and assistance." Folds. Light circular ghosting from red wax above the affixed seal at left.

    Thomas Barclay (1753-1830), a native of New York, was a lawyer who began his career in the law office of John Jay. A staunch loyalist, he joined British forces at the outbreak of the Revolutionary War and was made a captain in the Loyal American Regiment. In 1781, he was captured by the French bearing dispatches to Lord Cornwallis and, after his parole, he returned to New York. Finding his estate taken by the government of New York, he joined fellow loyalists heading north and settled in Nova Scotia, establishing a law practice in Annapolis Royal. He entered politics, but, in 1793, hostilities erupted between England and France and Barclay was again called to serve the crown as lieutenant colonel of the Royal Nova Scotia Regiment. He instead elected to form a regiment of his own called the Nova Scotia Legion. In 1799, he was made consul general in New York. When war again broke out between England and the United States, Barclay was called to London and, in April 1813, he was appointed agent for British prisoners whereby he returned to New York. After the war he resumed his position as consul. Following his retirement, he settled in Manhattan, where he died in 1830.


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