Thomas Jefferson Papers

Richard Barry to Thomas Jefferson, 5 December 1809

From Richard Barry

Washington City Decr 5th 1809


I received your letter of the 30th Novr in which you mention that Mr Leitch required payment of you in 30 days for the ballance due by you1 of my account I can assure you Sir, it was contrary to my wishes. I met Mr Leitch in this City on his return from Baltimore I gave him my account against you to present if you could make it convenient to pay it if not to return it immediately you’l see by the inclosed receit of his for the account that there was no Kind of traffick or trade in the business on my account I can assure you Sir if it was one hundred times the sum and that I was without a coat to my back I would never put your paper into the hands of any man even to limit you to a time for payment, I have paid so little attention to the inclosed receit that I am almost ashamed to inclose it to you2 I do it for your satisfaction that you may see how the business happened I am confident Sir that Mr Leitch would not press you for the amt even was it on his owen account however for your satisfaction I inclosed a few lines to him for your perusal desireing him to give you the acknowledgement which I gave him at the same time please to give him the inclosed Receit on delivery of the acct and Keep it in your Care or send it on to Me which ever you please wishing you every happiness this world can afford, wishing to hear from [you]3 when convenient

I conclude with the purest wishes for your welfare your hble Servt

Richard Barry

Please direct Washington City

Thos Jefferson Esqr will please as soon as he reeds the Inclosed letter for Mr Leitch to seal it up—

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as received 10 Dec. 1809 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found.

1Preceding four words interlined in place of “amt.”

2Barry here canceled “you’l be so.”

3Omitted or torn word in margin editorially supplied.

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