Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Barnes, 14 September 1801

From John Barnes

George Town 14th Sepr 1801—


By not being favd: with a letter, last week, was probably owing—to my supposed Absence.—since my last of the 7th. (with inclosed sketch.) paymt: & receivals—the former have been reduced $2089.23. as at foot. that of Mr Gilpin was paid by Mr Rapin—at Alexandria on his own a/c last week: and the Liqueurs he took charge off.—

On the 10th I was favd: with a 2d letter from Doctr Edwards inclosing me Mr Hanses a/c $1206. the Box—with Harness—already Arrived, & Mr Dougherty have charge of it to Clean &c.—I have replied to Dr Edward & Assured him. that Order would be taken to discharge Mr Hanse’s a/c—and to make sure (if possible) of the Picture: in time for me to secure & ship it. while in Philada. I wrote a Complimentary letter to Mr. Stewart. that my friend Doctr. Edwards—in his Neighbourhood—would wait on him—for the purpose of preparing a frame. & Case. for your Portrait against my expected Arrival. latter End of this month. in Order to its being shipped to Richmond & from thence conveyed to your seat at Monticello—as directed: that I. should pay him my personal respects &c. on my Arrival—Copy of which—I inclosed Doctr Edwards for his Govermt.—all which—I hope—may have the desired effect—

Of your Geo: Town debits—Only Carpenters, for $100—(who have not called.) exclusive of the Book binder and exten. househd: expenditures are Adjusted. and wait, your next particulars—for the Arranging & adjustmt. of them at Philada.

Suppose Robert & Jones for $268.12.
as well Mr Hanse on a/c say—  600— 

I could very well send from hence before I set out, say. 8 or 10th Oct. Colum: drafts on B, US. dont seem so Currt: lately—as heretofore?

with perfect Esteem—I am Sir your most Obt. H St.

John Barnes

RC (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr: Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Sep. and so recorded in SJL.

According to his financial memoranda for 5 Oct., TJ asked Barnes to reimburse Joseph Rapin for the payment that Rapin made to George Gilpin for “liqueurs & preserves” sent to TJ by Tobias Lear from Saint-Domingue (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 , 2:1054; Lear to TJ, 25 July 1801).

Barnes had paid $2 for the freight of the chariot Harness on 10 Sep., according to a statement of private account from Barnes of 30 Sep. (MS in ViU; Enoch Edwards to TJ, 31 Aug.).

Carpenters: on 15 Sep., tailor Thomas Carpenter signed his most recent statement of account, printed at 1 July 1801, in acknowledgment of receipt of $100 from Barnes.

On a sheet of paper also dated 14 Sep., at Georgetown, Barnes listed the following “late payments”: to James Taylor, Jr., $700; to a book subscription, $50; to Michael Roberts, $36.11; to Joseph Rapin “on wages a/c,” $282; to Bank of Columbia, $1,000; and $21.12 to Rapin for reimbursing his payment to George Gilpin, for a total of $2,089.23 (MS in ViU; in Barnes’s hand and signed by him).

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