From John Barnes
George Town 26th. July 1800
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 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:
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 , 40, 42).
Mr John Richard: most likely John Richards, a grocer on Second Street in Philadelphia (Stafford, Philadelphia Directory, for 1800, 103).
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.