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Thomas Jefferson’s Account with John Barnes, 7 March 1809

Account with John Barnes

The President of the UStates

To John Barnes,

1809.
Feby 8th for 12lb dipt Candles @ 20d 1  0 
2lb Imperial tea 17/6. 1. 17. 6
2. 17. 6
9th lb loaf Sugar 1/10½  17.
10 37½ Mus sugar 13d 2  0.
2 galls Old Tenniss 15/ 1. 10   
4   8.
13 8lb 3. loaf sugar 1/10½ 15.
2lb Cinnimen do   3. 9.
19.
16 12lb Sperme Candles 4/6. 2. 14 
12lb Moulds do 1/10½ 1. 2. 6.
1lb Black pepper 3. 9
8lb 15. loaf sugar 1/10½   16. 9.
4  17–
18 7 4 supr Fine loaf 2/6. 18.
20 2½ galls Sperm Oil 11/3 1. 8.
2 Bottles salad do 7/6   15   
2   3.
22 25lb Coffee 2/6 3   2. 6.
25 ¼b Muso sugar $16 1  10.
Mar 2 6lb 8 loaf 1/10½ 12. 2
½ Imperial 17/6 8. 9
½ Hyson skin 7/6   3. 9.
1   4 8
for Amot card on £22.  0–
 
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〃 4 1 galls Cogniac 18. 9.
〃 7 6lb Mould Candles 1/10½ 11  3.
6lb Muso sugar 13d   6. 6.
  17. 9.
Equal to $ 63⁵²⁄₁₀₀ EE £23  16.
George Town.
7th March 1809. John Barnes.

MS (ViU: TJP); in Barnes’s hand; repeated intermediate sum at head of p. 2 omitted.

John Barnes (ca. 1731–1826) emigrated from England to America about 1760. He was a tea merchant and grocer in New York and Philadelphia, relocating to the latter city when the federal government moved there in 1791. Barnes remained in Philadelphia until 1800, when he moved to Washington to serve as a contractor with the Treasury Department. TJ had known him for many years and appointed him customs collector at Georgetown in 1806, a position Barnes held until his death. He was TJ’s banker and commission agent, helped him manage the investments of Tadeusz Kosciuszko and William Short, and supplied him with groceries from 1795 until TJ’s retirement(Cordelia Jackson, “John Barnes, A Forgotten Philanthropist of Georgetown,” RCHS description begins Records of the Columbia Historical Society, 1895– description ends 7 [1904]: 39–48; MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:927; The New-York Directory, and Register, for the Year 1790 [New York, 1790], 11; Clement Biddle, The Philadelphia Directory [Philadelphia, 1791], 6; Washington National Intelligencer, 14 Nov. 1800; TJ to John Peter Muhlenberg, 10 Oct. 1802, 30 June 1803 [DLC]; JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States description ends , 2:44, 45 [15, 17 Dec. 1806]; Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 17 Feb. 1826).

hyson skin is a green tea made from the light and inferior leaves separated from hyson by a winnowing machine.

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