Thomas Jefferson Papers

Richard Barry to Thomas Jefferson, 27 March 1812

From Richard Barry

Washington March 27th 1812


I received your letter of March the 16th in which there appears to be an Omission of the price of a Diamond purchased for you which cost eight Dollars and eighty cents—which appears by the inclosed settlement I send you I recd from Mr Barnes 70.⁵²⁄₁₀₀ Dollrs


  There is estimates to be received the 6th of April by Mr Granger for finishing the Hotel I intend giving in one I thank you Sir for a few lines to accompany it, Mentioning your Knowlege of Me I would not trouble Sir but Mr Granger has no personal Knowlege of Mewishing to hear from you I remain with good wishes for your Happiness

Richard Barry

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Apr. 1812 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

SJL records TJ’s missing letter to Barry of march the 16th. The federal government had purchased Blodget’s hotel to house the patent and post offices. A statute passed on 7 Mar. 1812 authorized the postmaster general, Gideon granger, to supervise the necessary renovations (Latrobe, Papers description begins John C. Van Horne and others, eds., The Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 1984–88, 3 vols. description ends , 3:272–3, 274n; U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States . . . 1789 to March 3, 1845, 1855–56, 8 vols. description ends , 2:691–2).

Index Entries

  • Barnes, John; as TJ’s agent search
  • Barry, Richard; and Blodget’s Hotel search
  • Barry, Richard; letters from search
  • Barry, Richard; letters to accounted for search
  • Barry, Richard; TJ makes payments to search
  • Blodget’s Hotel (Washington) search
  • diamonds; purchased by TJ search
  • Granger, Gideon; and Blodget’s Hotel search
  • Washington (D.C.); Blodget’s Hotel search