Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Barnes to Thomas Jefferson, 20 June 1813

From John Barnes

George Town 20th June 1813

Dear Sir,

since I had the pleasure of Answering your favr of the 4th Inst Mr Geo Williams of Balto has favrd me with answer to my 2d letter to him—on the expected advices from G K—or Messrs Russell & Morton, paymt of your last years Remittance—the rate of present Ex—and withal—if it was possible for the parties Concern’ed to fall upon to effect, some mode of Remittance & paymts otherwise then by Bill of Ex—And thereby avoid the Risque of Capture to and from Bourdeau—trouble, and disquietude &ca—.

it strikes my idea!—it is possible—at least1 it might be attempted—By your addressing a letter to Messr R & M—to pass thro the hands of Mr G. W. (unsealed) for his perusal2—and govermt purporting—to lodge in his GWs3 hands, $500, every 6 Mos for the Sole purpose and—on Accot of Messr R & M—engaging to pay to that Amot (on Messrs R & M—receving advise thereof)4—to the Order of G. K—at Paris, and for Messrs R & M to debit the Accot of Mr G. W. who has already recd & made Use of said $500—in Baltio but whether or not—one or both of these Gentn may not object, to this proposition—is, the question—as merchts they may each expect a Commissn from 2½ a 5 perCt—would be equal to the prest Ex: say 10 perCt above par—this rise of ex—above par is a convincing proof to me, that the Commerce produce, and Manufactures in France is at this present time— in a florishing State—

while the rest of Europe—are labouring Under the greatest distresses & dificulties—for the want of these most essensial advantages—

The survivers of Bonaparts Armies—who suffered so much by that Deadly frost, in Russia—are determined—and most probably—will—They say—“If the Russian Froze us last Winter we shall smoke some of them this summer”—he will at least force them back—into their Famaged—Desolate distressed Country—while—the Lawlessdivision of Poland—by Russia Prusia and Austria—is now to be Avenged.—

with great Esteem I am always—Dear Sir, your most Obedt

John Barnes,

PS. I inclose you—Mr G Ws letters—for your better Govermt—.

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson, Esquire, Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked Georgetown, 21 June; endorsed by TJ as received 23 June 1813 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures not found.

The favr of the 4th inst was actually a letter from Barnes to TJ. g k: General Tadeusz Kosciuszko. The division of poland by Russia, Prussia, and Austria occurred between 1772 and 1795.

1Preceding two words interlined.

2Manuscript: “persual.”

3Initials added in margin.

4Omitted closing parenthesis editorially supplied.

Index Entries

  • Austria; and partitions of Poland search
  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Barnes, John; letters from search
  • Barnes, John; on European affairs search
  • France; economy of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; remittances to search
  • Morton & Russell (Bordeaux firm) search
  • Napoleon I, emperor of France; defeated in Russia search
  • Poland; partitions of search
  • Prussia; and partitions of Poland search
  • Russia; and partitions of Poland search
  • Russia; Napoleon defeated in search
  • Williams, George; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search