Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Barnes to Thomas Jefferson, 15 April 1811

From John Barnes

George Town Columa 15th April 1811—

Dear Sir—

I have now the pleasure to inclose you, sett of ex. 1t 2d & 3d—Messrs Bowie & Kurtz. dated 13th Inst a 60 days sight on Mr Wm Murdock in London for £200. sterling ex—at 10 perCt under par— which be pleased to endorse, as well transmit as per last yr via thro the Secty of State— to the good Generals Bankers, Messrs Hoffingan & Co in Paris—I had some difficulty in being allow’d 10 per Cent but for Cash as some Others could only Obtain 8 perCt—

my Letter to and a/c wth Genl K. as well Copy—of the latter for your govermt is Also inclosed—

your favr of the 4th recd this Instant shall be duly Attended to and particularly so with referance to Mrs Beckley—tho I fear with little hopes of success. still however I have ventured to renew the disagreable subject—without (if possible) wounding her feelings—but I presume the unfavorable situation of her Brothers Affairs (the Ostensible excuse) will scarse Allow them the means—if really so—should they possess the good Principle of performing with good faith their promises long since made of adjusting this debt of Honor—which to a gratefull mind must harrow up the most cutting feelings of both shame and remorse—her Answer may however at least Afford some future hope of redress.

with great Esteem & Respect, I am Dear Sir, Your most Obedt

John Barnes,

PS. Messrs Gibson & Jeffersons expected draft in my favr for $360—not yet at hand but daily expected

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 21 Apr. 1811 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found.

Index Entries

  • Barnes, John; and M. P. Beckley search
  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Barnes, John; letters from search
  • Barnes, John; TJ pays search
  • Beckley, Maria Prince; loan from TJ search
  • Bowie & Kurtz (Georgetown firm) search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and T. Kosciuszko’s arrangement with TJ search
  • Hoffingan & Company (Paris firm) search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan to M. P. Beckley search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; payments to J. Barnes search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; remittances to search
  • London; exchange rate at search
  • Monroe, James; appointed secretary of state search
  • Murdock, William; and bills of exchange search
  • Prince, James search