Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Barnes to Thomas Jefferson, 15 January 1812

From John Barnes

George Town 15th January 1812

My Dear Sir,

I regret exceedingly—at the lapse of time, since I had the pleasure of receiving your last favr dated the 3d July—I have also to regret the want of intelligence—respecting the uncertain fate of the two years Annual Remittance for Paris—viz—Bowie & Kurtz 14h feby 1810. on Baring Brothers & Co London—60 days sight. for £200 sterling—as well Bowie & Kurtz—13th April 1811—on Wm Murdock London at, 60 days sight. also for £200 Sterling—both drawn in my favr and by me endorsed to Messrs Hoffingan & Co Bankers in Paris, for Genl Kosciuskos sole use & Benefit; inquiring of Messrs Bowie & Kurtz: they assure me—neither of these Bills—by their late advices had—been presented—for payment, make me Apprehensive some fatal circumstance has intervened to obstruct the due course of their Negociation— and the more so—as the good Genl was Accustomed—on Receipt—thereof to favr me, with a line of acknowledgm: indeed the delay of the latter Remittance by Messrs Barlow & Warden, may yet be considered in season to be Accounted for—but the former is quite unaccountable’1—under these uncertainties—it—would not be adviseable to forward his present Annual remittance—untill advices will Warrant its probable safty—Nevertheless it may be proper to receive—his Dividend due 1st Inst at Bank of Pennsa to be ready—should any favable advices—reach you in course of this or insuing month—submitting these several Occurances to your consideration—I am wth great Respect & Esteem—

Dear Sir—Your most Obedt servant

John Barnes—

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); at foot of text: “Ths Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 22 Jan. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ’s last favr to Barnes is dated 29 June, not the 3d july 1811.

1Omitted opening single quotation mark editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • Bank of Pennsylvania; stock owned by T. Kosciuszko search
  • Baring Brothers & Company; and remittances to T. Kosciuszko search
  • Barlow, Joel; U.S. minister to France search
  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Barnes, John; letters from search
  • Bowie & Kurtz (Georgetown firm) search
  • Hoffingan & Company (Paris firm) search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; Bank of Pennsylvania stock of search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; remittances to search
  • Murdock, William; and bills of exchange search
  • Warden, David Bailie; and remittances to T. Kosciuszko search