Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Barnes, 16 September 1799

To John Barnes

Monticello Sep. 16. 99.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Aug. 25. is duly recieved & the glass doors arrived at Richmond. I am filled with anxiety on the subject of the nail rod last ordered, as a failure to recieve it will stop my works. I hope therefore mr Roberts will have exerted himself to forward it. […] I send a statement of our account as it will stand (as nearly as I can make out) about the 7th. of October. you will perceive that I suppose you to have paid for Wm. Short toward the 7th. instalmt. over & above his money then in your hands 179. D. & to have debited the same to me; & that on the 1st. of Oct. you will pay over & above the interest then to be received, about1 282. D. toward his 8th. instalment, to be also debited to me. there will then be to be paid to Joseph Roberts 243.67 and to mr Joseph McGoffin 166.67 (on my note to him which is to be taken in)2 which be pleased to attend to. I wish you had found it convenient to come & pass the yellow fever season in this healthy situation. we should have been happy to have had you of our family. with every wish for your health & safety I am Dear Sir

Your friend & servt

Th: Jefferson

P.S. I shall draw after this date in favr. of George Jefferson for 500. D. paiable Oct. 7. of which be pleased to consider this as advice.

PrC (CSmH); faint; at foot of text in ink: “Barnes John”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.

Barnes’s favor of 25 Aug., recorded in SJL as received on 8 Sep., has not been found.

Also debited to me: in his financial memoranda TJ later added a note that Barnes “answd. these two sums otherwise, therefore I am not to charge them to W.S.” (MB description begins James A. Bear, Jr., and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, Princeton, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1006).

Letters of this date from TJ to Joseph Roberts and Joseph Mcgoffin are recorded in SJL but have not been found. For the payment to McGoffin, see TJ to George Jefferson, 15 June 1799.

1Word interlined.

2Passage in parentheses interlined.

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