To John Barnes
Monticello Mar. 26. 97.
I inclose a note for some more sashes to be made by Mr. Trump, as we have put up those he furnished before, and find them well made and according to directions. I would wish these now ordered to be made as early as possible so as that payment may not be due till the 1st. of July; for tho’ I shall immediately order my tobacco to be sent on to you, yet it will not produce cash till July 1. I am desirous of sending you an invoice for some groceries and small things of about 2. or 300. Doll. value if they can be credited till July 1. but I will await your information on this head. Mr. Lott also wished to order on some supplies and applied to me for a draught but I informed him I should not be able to draw till July. I am with great esteem Dear Sir Your most obedt. servt
P.S. I laid by, at John Bringhurst’s a small paint box, and forgot afterwards to call for it. Will you be so good as to take it for me and pay the price which I think was about 7. Doll. It may be packed in a vacant interval with the sashes now ordered, or may come in a tight package of groceries whenever I [may] call for them.
PrC (MHi); faded; at foot of text: “Mr. John Barnes”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure not found.
While in Philadelphia on 10 Mch. 1797, TJ signed a power of attorney authorizing Barnes “to recieve from the treasury of the US. all sums of money which may become due to me during this present year from the said treasury on account of salary as Vice-president of the United States” (MS in DNA: RG 217, MTA, No. 8766; consisting of a printed form with blanks filled by TJ and Notary Public Peter Lohra and some printed text canceled; signed by TJ, Lohra, and witnesses Jacob Hoffman and William Ming).
A letter from TJ to Barnes dated 27 Mch. 1797 is recorded in SJL but has not been found.