Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Benjamin Smith Barton, [19 December 1792]

From Benjamin Smith Barton

Wednesday-morning, 10 oCl. [19 Dec. 1792]


You will place me under a very great obligation by letting me have, by the bearer of this note, the sum of Sixty Dollars, which, I pledge my honour, shall be returned to you punctually on the 5th day of January next. I am sensible, Sir, that I am taking a very great liberty, but a1 disappointment of a peculiar nature will, I hope, with your goodness, plead an apology. I am already too sensible of your kindness to me not to feel a great deal in asking this favour. I remain, with great esteem & respect, &c. Sir, Your humble & obedient servant, &c.

Benjamin Smith Barton

RC (MHi); partially dated; endorsed by TJ as received 19 Dec. 1792 and so recorded in SJL.

TJ recorded that on 19 Dec. 1792 he “gave Dr. Barton order on bank for 60. D. in loan” (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, forthcoming as part of The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 19 Dec. 1792).

1At this point Barton canceled “great.”

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