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John Barnes to Thomas Jefferson, 18 July 1816

From John Barnes

George Town Coa 18th July. 1816.

Dear Sir—

Thro the politeness of Mr Monroe—I am favrd with the inclosed. Viz Genl Kosciuskos letter dated Soleure 15 April the Contents of course—his pressing wants of a seasonable Remittance, which from the extreme advance of exchange—I cannot bring myself to comply with without your express consent & Approbation—

and altho’ the present Balance in my hands viz $1400—do not warrant a Bill of Ex. for £4001 Sterg—the Amot I proposed to remit him—still his growing Int: would in Course of a few Mos Cover that Amot—Nevertheless—with your Assent I propose to Remit—at this Critical Juncture—£200 Sterg or Nearly $1100—towards his present pressing wants: and in Course of a few Mos the like sum—

And Mr Monroe whom I waited on this Morning to thank him for his politeness—has Obligingly Assured me—(at my Request) to forward any letters &ca I may occasionally have to forward to the good Genl

Most Respectfully—and truly—Sincerely—Your Obedt servt

John Barnes,

PS I pray you to favr me with a letter to Genl K. to Accompany Mine—mean time, I shall endeavour to engage a Bill of exchange for the Sum proposed say £2002 Sterling—

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); beneath signature, at foot of recto: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; postscript on verso; endorsed by TJ as received 26 July 1816 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.

1Manuscript: “$400.”

2Reworked from “$200.”

Index Entries

  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Barnes, John; letters from search
  • currency; exchange of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; remittances to search
  • Monroe, James; and conveyances to and from Europe search
  • Monroe, James; and remittances to T. Kosciuszko search
  • State Department, U.S.; forwards letters search