Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John A. Morton, 9 April 1812

To John A. Morton

Monticello Apr. 9. 12.


My friend Genl Kosciuzko, now established at Paris, or rather at or near Fontainebleau, depends for his subsistence chiefly on the produce of stock which he has in our funds and banks. we have occasion to remit him, about this season annually, somewhere about 1000.D. the superintendence of this he left with me, and I have committed to mr John Barnes of George town the immediate care of recieving and remitting to him this income. but we often find it extremely difficult to do this in good bills and without loss, and especially since the channel of England is closed to those operations. at this time no means offer themselves to us: but I have flattered myself that you perhaps could advise us or perhaps yourself furnish us the means. indeed, if your commerce should occasion you to need money here in exchange for money in France perhaps the mutual convenience of yourself & the General might be found in making the remittance annually through the channel of your house. will you do me the favor to answer me especially as to the means of a present remittance, or to inform mr Barnes directly on the subject.

Mr Walsh writes that after trying to send me some wine thro the canal of Languedoc to be shipped from Bordeaux he has not been able to do it. I am in hopes on your return you will be able to assist him in this.

Accept the assurance of my great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MoSHi: TJC-BC); at foot of text: “Mr Morton”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to John Barnes, 9 Apr. 1812.

John Archer Morton (b. 1772), merchant, was a native of Prince Edward County who traded in Bordeaux and applied unsuccessfully to both TJ and James Madison for the consular post there (WMQ description begins William and Mary Quarterly, 1892– description ends , 2d ser., 11 [1931]: 216; VMHB description begins Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, 1893– description ends 17 [1909]: 314; Mary Lee Mann, A Yankee Jeffersonian: Selections from the Diary and Letters of William Lee of Massachusetts Written from 1796 to 1840 [1958], 106, 137; Madison, Papers description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, John C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, 1962– , 29 vols.: Congress. Ser., 17 vols.; Pres. Ser., 5 vols.; Sec. of State Ser., 7 vols description ends , Sec. of State Ser., 7:152, 234–5; Morton to James Monroe, 14 Apr. 1812 DNA: RG 59, LAR, 1809–17]).

Index Entries

  • Bank of Pennsylvania; stock owned by T. Kosciuszko search
  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; remittances to search
  • Morton, John Archer; and TJ’s payments to T. Kosciuszko search
  • Morton, John Archer; and wine for TJ search
  • Morton, John Archer; identified search
  • Morton, John Archer; letters to search
  • Walsh, Peter; TJ orders wine from search
  • wine; TJ orders from P. Walsh search