Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Barnes to Thomas Jefferson, 23 December 1816

From John Barnes

George Town Coa. 23d Decr 1816.

Dear Sir—

Your Esteemd favr 15th on your Return from Bedford After 7. weeks Absence—Covered your 2 powers for my Receiving all dividds or profits due or may hereafter become due—&ca. Be pleased to Observe—Both these Stocks viz the $12,500. 6 pCts and the 46 share Columa Bank are in your Name.—and must first be transfer’d from you, to the Genl—As per Copy—I inclosed to you   Octr last.—Viz: Know all Men by these presents that I Thomas Jefferson of Monticello—in Virga do hereby Constitute, and Appoint John Barnes of George Town Coa my true and Lawfull Atty—for me—and in my Name to transfer into the Name of Thaddeus Kosciusko of—

all the Stock of the United States standing to my Credit on the Books of—   x as well, as all my shares in the Bank of Columbia.—

Witness my hand & seal
the day of
x each separate

Note. it is also thought Necessary said powers be Acknowledged before a Magistrate—(the Public Officers) are so very particular—

at present I have only time to add, that my Accomodation with Messr Smith & Riddle—has been mutual & satisfactory—for in lieu of the £200 Sterg Return’d, I have Recd as proposed—a good sett of ex—includg damages £234—do1 1t & 2d already on their passage thro favr Mr Monroe—addressd to B. Brs & Co for the sole Use & Benefit of Genl K. which together with the £300 viz N York will I trust in Course of 2 a 3. mos—put his Accot in London for Receipt of £534 Sterg. particulars of my Accot therefor &: shall be handed you—when Compleated—waiting the Return of said powers

I am, Dear Sir, most Respectfully Your Obedt servant.

John Barnes.

P.S. I have to beg your forgiveness—my Negligence in not recollecting—I had lodged the Certificates in safe Custody in the Custom House iron Chest—where among Other particular2 papers—as you truly observed—I should find them—I shall be sure to reserve & return you, Genl Ks Original power as well his private letter to you—

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 30 Dec. 1816 and so recorded in SJL.

No draft power of attorney from octr last has been found. b. brs & co: Baring Brothers & Company. For Tadeusz Kosciuszko’s original power and his private letter to TJ, see the enclosures to TJ’s first letter to Barnes of 12 Oct. 1816.

1In the manuscript this word appears beneath “Sterg” in the line above.

2Manuscript: “paticular.”

Index Entries

  • Bank of Columbia search
  • banks; in Georgetown, D.C. search
  • banks; stock issued by search
  • Baring Brothers & Company (London firm); and remittances to T. Kosciuszko search
  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Barnes, John; letters from search
  • Barnes, John; TJ’s power of attorney to search
  • Georgetown, D.C.; banks in search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Writings; Power of Attorney to John Barnes search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; and investment in U.S. government loan search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; Bank of Columbia stock of search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; power of attorney from search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; remittances to search
  • Monroe, James; and remittances to T. Kosciuszko search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ returns from search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ visits search
  • Smith & Riddle (Richmond firm); and remittances to T. Kosciuszko search
  • Treasury Department, U.S.; and government stock search
  • United States; and government stock search