Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Barnes, 31 August 1801

From John Barnes

George Town 31st Augt. 1801—


Your two favrs 21. & 22d. are at hand. and I hope the plaisterer—as well the missing bbl. plaister are also Arrived with you.—that your experiments on the New tried matter of the Cow pox, meet your most sanguine wishes, must of course (—from its happy & most extray. effects.) become generally—to be practised, for the Benefit of the present, & future generations.—Mr Rapin, expects Mr Le Mair daily, purposes paying the servants wages—this week &c say 100 or $150. I told him he should have what money he wanted. and hoped he would tarry a few days extra. in order to give Mr Le Mair every necessary information—Another Wedding! have been Consumated. at the mansion—Frederick—versus—Molly—at this Rate—or Ratio, your next years Census. may be expected to increase considerable; abt. the 7 or 8 Sept. I purpose receiving your 2 mos Compensation $1000 of which, I shall have to pay—on your a/c at B of C—another $1000. on like a/c for Mr. M. with $1000 to be left there for your Use. the remaining $1000. I purpose to take with me to Philada where I expect a further supply. should it become needful there—

Waiting your Commands I am most Respectfully, Sir—Your Obedt. Hble Servant

John Barnes

Doctr. Gantt, I expect, writes you per this mail—

RC (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr. President U States Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 3 Sep. and so recorded in SJL.

Your two favrs: a letter from TJ to Barnes of 21 Aug. is recorded in SJL but has not been found. No letter to Barnes of the 22nd has been located or is recorded in SJL.

Plaisterer: Marten Wanscher.

On the expected payment of $4,000 for TJ’s compensation, see note at Barnes to TJ, 3 Aug.

B of C: Bank of Columbia.

a/c for Mr. M.: Barnes may have been trying to cover a note for $1,000 from the Bank of Columbia that he negotiated for Madison, for which payment was due from Madison in September (Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser. description begins J. C. A. Stagg, ed., The Papers of James Madison, Secretary of State Series, Charlottesville, 1986–, 8 vols. description ends , 2:78–9).

For your use: Barnes intended to have $1,000 available at the Bank of Columbia for TJ’s use while Barnes was out of town (Barnes to TJ, 24 Aug.)

Further supply: TJ apparently misunderstood this phrase as a request for funds and, on 12 Sep., TJ ordered Gibson & Jefferson to send Barnes $1,000 “instantly” by way of Philadelphia (TJ to Barnes, 12 Sep.; TJ to George Jefferson, 12 Sep.). Barnes, in his letter of 21 Sep., suggested that delivery of the sum was unexpected.

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