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Thomas Jefferson to John Barnes, 17 January 1810

To John Barnes

Monticello Jan. 17. 10.

Dear Sir

It is long since I have had occasion to write to you. your favor of the 12th now furnishes it. the annual1 remittance to my friend Kosciuzko shall never wait a moment for my quota of it. accordingly I now inclose you a letter to Messrs Gibson & Jefferson who will thereupon pay the sum you shall call for. it’s precise amount I cannot fix so well as you can. you know what would have been the necessary delay in changing the form of his stock, & you know also what delay was occasiond by my forgetting that his certificates were among my papers. this last I should chuse to pay, and therefore I must pray you to settle the matter between us. should you recieve any thing from mrs Beckley, as you intimate, after taking out of it the balance I owe yourself, the residue, if in time may go to lessen the draught on G. & J.

My present life is of action altogether & without doors. I have but one hour before breakfast for all my pen & ink work. this leaves me in long arrears with the numerous correspondencies which I have not yet been able to withdraw from. from breakfast I am occupied in my farms & other establishments. I have 450. acres in wheat this year, all in excellent land, & the next year I shall be able to raise it to 600. acres, & to increase my tobacco crop from 40. to 60 M in a couple of years more I shall be able to clear out all the difficulties I brought on myself in Washington (11,000.D.) from an inability to follow your good counsel. this once accomplished, I shall be in a state of perfect ease & tranquility. I hope your health continues firm, and that you will live to enjoy many years of it. I shall write to Genl Kosciuzko, & explain to him the urgency which occasioned the change in the situation of his funds, and I shall commit my letter to the President, to go with the public dispatches. ever affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

RC (NNGL, on deposit NHi); at foot of text: “Mr Barnes.” PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Gibson & Jefferson, Monticello, 17 Jan. 1810, stating that “Mr John Barnes of Georgetown will have occasion to draw on you on my account for between three & four hundred Dollars. the precise sum is not known to me, but be pleased to pay it as it shall be fixed & drawn for by him, and place the same to account of Your most obedient servt” (PoC in possession of Mrs. T. Wilber Chelf, Mrs. Virginius Dabney, and Mrs. Alexander W. Parker, Richmond, 1944, photocopy in ViU: TJP; endorsed by TJ).

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Index Entries

  • Barnes, John; and M. P. Beckley search
  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Barnes, John; letters to search
  • Beckley, Maria Prince; loan from TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); and T. Kosciuszko’s arrangement with TJ search
  • Gibson & Jefferson (Richmond firm); letters to accounted for search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; loan to M. P. Beckley search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Correspondence; TJ on search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; remittances to search
  • Madison, James; forwards letter search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); tobacco crop at search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); wheat crop at search
  • tobacco; and TJ’s debts search
  • wheat; amount grown by TJ search