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Thomas Jefferson to John Barnes, 5 January 1818

To John Barnes

Monticello Jan. 5. 18.1

Dear Sir

I will not trouble you with vain condolances, & expressions of regret on the death of our mutual friend Genl Kosciuzko, which we see announced in the papers in too credible form & which we both lament. besides the power of Attorney left with me & under which we have acted, he left in my hands a Will, all written in his own hand, making a charitable disposition of his property here, of which he named me executor. I suppose I shall soon recieve letters from the friends of his confidence there. in the mean time we must suspend all further draughts & remittances and I must ask the favor of you to let me know 1st to what date his interest has been paid up? and 2. how & what is the balance between you and him? I inclose letters for the Secretary of the Treasury & the Atty Genl, which are left open for your perusal and information, after which be so good as to seal and deliver them. be assured of my constant & affectionate attachment and respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of James W. Wallace to TJ, 10 Oct. 1817; at foot of text: “Mr Barnes.” Enclosures: (1) TJ to William H. Crawford, 5 Jan. 1818. (2) TJ to William Wirt, 5 Jan. 1818.

For the power of attorney and will Tadeusz Kosciuszko left with TJ when he departed from America in the spring of 1798, see PTJ description begins Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, eds., The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, 1950– , 41 vols. description ends , 30:313–5, 332–3.

1Reworked from “17.”

Index Entries

  • Barnes, John; account with T. Kosciuszko search
  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • Barnes, John; letters to search
  • Crawford, William Harris; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; account with J. Barnes search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; death of search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; estate of search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; power of attorney from search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; remittances to search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; wills of search
  • Wirt, William; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search