Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Barnes, 24 May 1800

From John Barnes

Philadelphia 24th. May 1800


On your departure, I set abt. Collecting and Arranging your several items & packages,—all but to dates & tongues. (not to be had.) have now the pleasure handing you particulars—as well a/c to this day. EE.—

—Mr Sheaff, on whom I called several times, as Often Assured me, his packages—would be ready at an hours notice—to Morrow & to Morrow: seemed to triffle with me, and when I asked to see them—Marks &c. in Order to include in my Bill Lading—inform’d me—I could not; that, himself alone—was Responsible—and would follow your direction—sent his son, to know—the Vessels Name—and to whom I consigned Yrs—I wrote him a Note, Vessel & Capt. and Address Messrs. G & J.—and when my Bills of Lading were compleatly filled up, his Clerk called to desire I would include them in Mine: I shall see, to their being done properly—(if not so by him—Certificate &c) also as to fining the wine: which he promised to Notice in Inv:—As your several Cases were bulkey & light, of course Measure extravagantly high—I have effected—by a seperate Written agreemt. with the Capt. (which I shall send, with Bill Lading—to Messrs. G & J.) as the Bills—express, as Usual—“freight for said goods—as Customary,”—an Abatemt: of One third—say 3d: Virga. Curcy: perer foot—on the Measuremt: of said Cases & trunks:—and for the better security of the Oil, China &c. in Case No 4. I got Mr Trump to Cleat down the inside packages—horns &c—and Also Batten the Outside Case—hope they may Remain secure—yet still I am doubtfull—of its perfect safety: from its Bulk and frequent turning Over—in handling. for the rest, I trust, will be free from Risque,—expect to spend a few days at NYork next week.—mean while, hope for the pleasure hearing your safe & happy Arrival at Montocello.—with great Esteem I am sir—Your most Obedt: H servt—

John Barnes

Called on Mr stewart, twice—both times a Lady setting—He could only Assure me, you had permitted him—to let it remain—when finished—a Mo—and that he had—3 or 4 Copies bespoke: I intend seeing it however before I leave Town for NY.—Doct Jackson not calling (supposing the a/c a small Ballance I waited on him Yesterday—& there found a Box of Medce: to your Address—of which the inclosed is particulars & receipt—and withal had just time & room to include—in Bill Lading——8 per Ct Stock. keeps looking up say 5½ or 6 per Ct above par—while nothing as yet concluded, on—the expected New Loan hope by the time of my Return from NewYork, some thing may be fixed on to govern the intended subscribers—

In a Conversation I just now had with Mr G simpson, respecting that Loan, He informed me, it would Commence its Operation soon as the Necessary forms—were compleated—as a Stock—to be purchased—at a small advance (I presume,) in Order to repay—the extra—expences Attending it, I urged as before—my Orders were to subscribe or purchase—on Yrs Mr Shorts & Genl K— a/c to a Considerable Amot.—& hoped I shd: not be disappointed—he hoped not he said?

RC (ViU); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqre Monticello—Virginia”; endorsed by TJ as received 9 June and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: List of items shipped to TJ not found. Other enclosure printed below.

EE.: “errors excepted,” a caveat commonly appended to accounts. The schooner Worcester, to go to Norfolk, Petersburg, and Richmond from Philadelphia with William Riley as its master, was the Vessel loaded with TJ’s items (see enclosure; Aurora, 21 May 1800). Messrs. G & J.: Gibson & Jefferson.

Stewart: Gilbert Stuart, to whom TJ had paid $100 on 12 May for an oil portrait from life that Stuart completed but TJ never obtained. It is known only through engravings (see illustration; Bush, Life Portraits description begins Alfred L. Bush, The Life Portraits of Thomas Jefferson, rev. ed., Charlottesville, 1987 description ends , 45–7; 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 , 2:1018).

George Simpson was the cashier of the Bank of the United States (Syrett, Hamilton description begins Harold C. Syrett and others, eds., The Papers of Alexander Hamilton, New York, 1961–87, 27 vols. description ends , 17:329n; ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, Washington, D.C., 1832–61, 38 vols. description ends , Finance, 1:412). Genl K—: TJ made the following memorandum on a scrap of paper, dated 10 May: “Mr. Barnes sold 10. of Genl. Kosciuzko’s bank shares @ 23. pr. ct advance, & I transferred them. the money to be invested in the new loan or the 8. pr. cents” (MHi, entirely in TJ’s hand).

On 9 May TJ wrote Comptroller John Steele to request that all U.S. dividends and interest that would become due to William Short on a date that TJ left blank should be paid to Barnes (facsimile in Charles Hamilton Galleries, Inc., Auction Number 41, 23 April 1970, item 135; written and signed by TJ, with Steele’s endorsement of 17 June 1800 in expectation of dividends to be paid 1 July).

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