Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Barnes, 6 April 1799

From John Barnes

Philada: Also 6th April 99


since my letter of this date—I have to add, That in my letter to you of the 2d. I had given—Assurances of your three several letter packages being on Board the Ship Stadt, Hamburgh. (not in the least doubting, but they would be received) It was however with difficulty I got permission (thro the influence of a particular Mercht.) to Ship the Two Boxes—On delivering my single package which Covered, Bill Lading, & Bill of Ex:—Under Cover of which was my letter & ca. to G.K. the Ship Owners hesitated—and withal Questioned me—hoped there was—nothing—on Politics—for that they refused receiving Other letters—than the Shippers & those merely on Mercantile Business—I assured them mine was solely Relative to the Contents, of the two Boxes of Cloaths & few trinkets, Bill of ex. & ca. belongly—to a Gentleman & friend of Mr. Van Staphorst;—they Assented & recd said packet.—

—I withheld your three packages—without mentioning them—and After three days inquiry

I just now, luckily met—with Mr Adamson at the Coffee House,—to whom I presentd: (Card) and your Complimnts: informd him of my imbarrismt and requested, the favr. of his forwarding them—as well—my Seconds—, with, a Return of his best Respects, to you. He Assured me, of his particular Attention either to forward them from hence—or Baltimore to which place he was going in a few days—

I am Sir, your Obedt: servt:

John Barnes

RC (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr: Monticello—Virginia—“; also at foot of text: “Scrip 5–7½”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Apr. and so recorded in SJL.

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