Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Elizabeth Barnet, 20 April 1801

From Elizabeth Barnet

New Germantown April 20th. 1801.


As differences are happily terminated between France & America, I am induced to hope, that I may take advantage of the present favorable season, to accept the solicitations of an affectinate & dutiful Son, who is the only prop of my declinining years, and who at present resides in Bordeaux as Consul for the United States—Well acquainted with his difficulties during the last four Years, prudence has hitherto prevented me from gratifying his wishes, and the desire of my heart—to spend the remnant of my days with him My pecuniary resources will not justify a Voyage to France, unless I shou’d be so happy to learn that his conduct merits your approbation, & that it is probable he will be continued, as on this circumstance alone his stay in France depends—Maternal anxiety is the only apology I can offer for the liberty of thus addressing You.

I have the honor to be With the highest respect Sir, Your most obedient humble Servant—

Elizabeth Barnet

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); at foot of text: “His Excellency Thomas Jefferson, President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 2 May and so recorded in SJL with notation “Off.”; also endorsed by TJ: “Barnet to be contind Consul at Bordeaux.”

Dutiful son: Isaac Cox Barnet.

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