From John Barnes
George Town 26th Febuary 1812.
since the receipt of Mr Geo Taylors Advises respecting Bills of exchange on Paris, I have made sundry inquiries at Baltimore &a but have not obtained any satisfactory Accot—even those few who are disposed to draw—I find ask a high advance say 10 per Cent above par—Under present Circumstance I should presume it adviseable1 to wait a Mo or two—in expectation of a more favorable change of Circumstances in the2 Political as well, the Commercial transaction depending—and shd a favorable Opporty present you to inform the good Genl least he might Attribute this delay—to some Neglect—of mine—
RC (ViU: TJP-ER); at foot of text: “Th: Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Mar. 1812 and so recorded in SJL.
Tadeusz Kosciuszko was the good genl.
1. Manuscript: “adiseable.”
2. Manuscript: “in the in the.”