Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Barnes to Thomas Jefferson, 3 April 1811

From John Barnes

George Town Columa 3d April, 1811.

Dear Sir

My last respects to you, 14th Jany in Answer, to your esteemed favr 10th still leaves me in doubt, respecting my last Years remittance of £200 sterling to Genl Kosciusko—thro you, via Genl Armstrong. I have to regret Genl Ks not having yet, acknowledged receipt—as heretofore,—still however! as no protest &a hath transpired here am still hopefull—it has been duly received1 and paid—or, if miscarried the good Genl would in course have complained thro the want thereof.

Appearances being equally precarious at the present Crisis—as they were last Year, respecting remittance by Bill of exchange. in Order than to prepare my self for a Choice— I addressed a few lines to my good friend Mr Charles Ludlow—in New York on the subject of Ex—whose Ansr I recd a few days since—he says—“I find—that no Bills on France are to be had, in this place, or such as would think it prudent or safe, for you to take, the Nominal Ex—on France is par— that on London 8 or 10 per C. Under par”—this being the real state of that market.

I flatter my self; I can be furnished with a sett of Ex—for £200. sterling on equal terms—here—from the same good firm—I purchased last Year. at date most suitable to your self. and safe Conveyance thro. you—also most Acceptable.

With tenders of my best services, and wishes for your happiness.

I am Dear Sir—most Respectfully, Your very Obedt servt

John Barnes.

the very precarous & uncertain state of our foreign relations—hath hitherto, & I fear, will still continue to deter the Merchts Holders of Tobo from shipping that Article in any considerable Quantities more especially fine Maryland (most suitable to Amsterdam &c Markets)—of which my 60 hhds still on hand are, Amot $3000—with held from now 12 Mos guards me not a little!

 and but one solitary Hope!—a remedy left to console me—Namely Patience—most certainly a Virtue, but in this Instance—both painfull & expensive—

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson, Esquire Monticello—Virginia”; franked and postmarked; endorsed by TJ as received 14 Apr. 1811 and so recorded in SJL.

Barnes’s last respects of 14 Jan. 1811 are not recorded in SJL and have not been found. On an earlier occasion Barnes had also obtained bills of exchange drawn by the Georgetown firm of Bowie & Kurtz on Baring Brothers & Company of London (Barnes to TJ, 14 Feb. 1810).

1Manuscript: “recived.”

Index Entries

  • Armstrong, John; U.S. minister to France search
  • Bank of Pennsylvania; stock owned by T. Kosciuszko search
  • Baring Brothers & Company; and remittances to T. Kosciuszko search
  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Barnes, John; letters from search
  • Bowie & Kurtz (Georgetown firm) search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; Bank of Pennsylvania stock of search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; remittances to search
  • London; exchange rate at search
  • Ludlow, Charles search
  • tobacco; price of in Richmond search