Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Barnes, 26 July 1800

From John Barnes

George Town 26th. July 1800

Dear Sir

I arrived here last Evening in 35 hours—and calling at the post Office this Morning I found—your Esteemed favr. 19th.—The One you addressed to Mr Trump I have forwarded & likewise wrote & given full directions Respecting the Young Mans going via Richmond per water—Mr John Richard—whom I have left in Charge of my Bank a/c notes of hand &c: with directions to treat, & purchase a Bill of ex—(near as possible) to the Amot of $567.107—& to transmit Messrs. Van Staphorst & Hubbard & Co. Amsterdam on P.Ms: a/c when known shall Address said Gentn. particularly—Respecting the Chairs—they must (I think) be the same—I presume you bespok of and I paid for—how they came to be directed to Mr Brown for Colo Cabell—I cannot now particularly—Recollect—Mr Letchworth—I presume must have reed two Orders—for ½ doz. each—but Were the Other ½ dozn. are—or were shipped & to whom—I cannot now Recollect. but I shall write—Mrs Ratcliffe to inquire particularly of Mr Letchworth abt them—I found your packages for Washington are all safely—stored here—

With great Esteem I am Dear Sir—Your Obedt: Hble servt:

John Barnes

RC (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr: Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 7 Aug. and so recorded in SJL.

Arrived here last evening: anticipating the relocation of the national government, Barnes, who turned 70 during 1800, moved from Philadelphia to Georgetown in the Federal District (Cordelia Jackson, “John Barnes, A Forgotten Philanthropist of Georgetown,” Records of the Columbia Historical Society, 7 [1904], 40, 42).

Mr John Richard: most likely John Richards, a grocer on Second Street in Philadelphia (Stafford, Philadelphia Directory, for 1800, 103).

P.M:Philip Mazzei.

Letters from Barnes of 20 and 23 July, both of which TJ received from Philadelphia on the 31st, are recorded in SJL but have not been located.

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