To John Barnes
Monticello Sep. 17. 97.
I wrote you on the 2d. inst. The present is merely to advise you that counting on your recieving a quarter’s salary for me on the 1st. of the ensuing month, I have this day drawn on you in favor of Joseph Roberts Junr. for 446.D. 76c. payable Oct. 3. and that my buildings here will occasion me to draw on you for nearly the whole of the balance of salary almost immediately. I learn from Mr. Randolph that you continue in Philadelphia notwithstanding the prevalence of the fever there. I sincerely wish you may escape it, being with esteem Dr. Sir Your most obedt. servt
PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. John Barnes.”
In his financial memoranda TJ noted that the payment to Joseph Roberts Junr. was for “amount of iron shipped me in July,” and that his order for iron for the next quarter would be for three tons of rod and a quarter ton of hoops. TJ obtained nailrod from Roberts, a Philadelphia ironmonger, from 1797 until 1802 (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , ii, 964, 970). Eleven letters from TJ to Roberts and thirteen from Roberts to TJ, dated between 8 Apr. 1797 and 9 Jan. 1801, are recorded in SJL but have not been found.