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Thomas Jefferson to John Barnes, 25 April 1813

To John Barnes

Monticello Apr. 25. 13.

Dear Sir

I set out tomorrow for Bedford and shall be absent 3. or 4. weeks. I have between 4. and 500. barrels of flour caught at Richmond1 by the blockade, not a barrel of it sold. my hope is that the enemy will prefer withdrawing out of the capes and cruising on the coast to catch something rather than lie where they do & catch nothing. the moment any movement of theirs gives a chance for our vessels to go out, I am assured a good sale may be made. I shall think it fortunate if the annual remittance to our friend Kosciuzko should give time for this sale, which in every preceding year has taken place before this month was out. however whenever a good opportunity or channel of remittance shall make it necessary my part of it shall be furnished at any sacrifice. Accept the assurances of my constant friendship and respect.

Th: Jeff[erso]n

PoC (DLC); signature faint; at foot of text: “Mr John Barnes”; endorsed by TJ.

1Preceding two words added in margins.

Index Entries

  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Barnes, John; letters to search
  • Chesapeake Bay; British blockade of search
  • flour; at Richmond search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; remittances to search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ plans visit to search