Thomas Jefferson Papers
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Thomas Jefferson to John Barnes, 20 June 1812

To John Barnes

Monticello June 20. 12.

Dear Sir

I have purchased a spinning machine in Washington, thro’ the friendly agency of Doctr Thornton, for which the bearer Davy is now sent with a cart. he is furnished with provisions for himself & horses to Washington and back,1 and 5.D. for his ferriages & other accidental calls, and therefore I have no reason to expect he will need any thing more. should any extraordinary accident, or a longer detention in Washington than is counted on, occasion his resources to fail, I have directed him to state his case to you, assured that he would find in your friendship a resource for any small supplies or services he may need. I am happy in every occasion of repeating to you the assurances of my constant esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (Joseph Rubinfine, West Palm Beach, Fla., 1999); at foot of text: “Mr Barnes”; endorsed by TJ.

1Preceding two words interlined.

Index Entries

  • Barnes, John; as TJ’s agent search
  • Barnes, John; letters to search
  • Hern, David (Davy) (TJ’s slave; b.1784); wagoner search
  • machines; spinning search
  • spinning machines; sent to TJ search
  • Thornton, William; and spinning machines search