Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Barnes, 21 April 1819

George Town Coy 21st April 1819.

My Dear Sir

On the late distressing scene of the distroying Element, at Monticello (without the effective Aid and Materials, to arrest its impetuos Ravages.) what painfull Anxieties—you—with the good family must have suffered (can be more readily conciev’d than expressed) still I Hope! has terminated—with less serious consequences than expected.—that the Main Dwelling—the Mansion House, with its Valuable Contents are Safe—that you are perfectly recovered from the slight injury you Personally sustained—as well the good family—&c—&c

the late extraordinary high winds, has been in many instances the Cause of fires—and probably that of yours—how Cautiously ought we to guard against so destructive an Enemy.—at your better leisure, I most anxiously wish to be informed of yours & families health. that the result of the fire have not meterially injuried your Property—with my best regards to your self & family—am Respectfully—and most Unfeignedly—tendered.

John Barnes,

MHi: Coolidge Collection.

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