Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Barnes, 28 September 1802

From John Barnes

George Town 28 Sepr. 1802


My last dispatch of the 24th. I perceived the next day had not been forwarded per that Evening’s mail—in the supposition of the office keeper that only Tuesdays mail, convey’d letters to Charlottesville—of course, I received them back, supposing your return here would be in a few days.—when yesterdays mail handed me your favr: same date—inclosing E. Lanhams letter on Accot. of Mr Oldhams $80 note—

It was, with some difficulty I could learn the parties & particulars—it seems the suit against Lanham—on Accot. of Mr Oldham, is yet depending: but it also appears that the Court—which by Lanham’s letter, was to set next Mo. will not commence untill decr: or Jany—

Mr Morse the attorney, who holds the note, is absent, & not expected to return under a fortnight. of course it can be adjusted without further exps. save the Int.—

I purposely called to see Mr LeMaire on Saturday—he is almost perfectly recovered & Doctr Gantt assures. Sir presuming you will not leave Monticello before the 3d. or 4th Octr. I have ventured to send forward by this mail my former letter & papers as well, mine to Mr Short with inclosures &c.

I am Sir, most Respectfully Your Obed. H Servt.

John Barnes

RC (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); at foot of text: “The President of the UStates, at Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 30 Sep. and so recorded in SJL.

YOUR FAVR: SAME DATE: TJ’s letter to Barnes of 24 Sep. is recorded in SJL, but has not been found. Under the same date in his financial memoranda, however, TJ wrote: “Desired J. Barnes to pay Lanham for James Oldham his note with interest & costs amounting to between 90. & 100.D.” (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 , 2:1081). For TJ’s earlier advice to Oldham regarding the suit against Elisha Lanham, see Vol. 37:654–5.

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