To Richard Barry
Monticello Mar. 18. 11.
I went to Bedford the latter part of January and returned home a few days ago only, and found here your letter of Jan. 29. I was waiting, before I answered it, to get such a view of my crops & the getting them to market as might enable me to answer you with a1 certainty which I cannot do until that is effected. I trust that they are sufficient, with a continuance of the market till I can get them down, to answer the call for your money; but not by the day you mention, which is now close at hand. we have no banks in this part of the country, and a farmer’s resources require time to be converted into money. it will take me all the month of April to be able to comply with your call, which I will anxiously strive to do with the least delay possible. I am in hopes the banks of your place may, by a 60. days accomodation, enable you to await my paiment without inconvenience. Accept my best wishes & assurances of esteem.
PoC (MHi); salutation faint; at foot of text: “Mr Richard Barry”; endorsed by TJ.
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