To John Barnes
Monticello July 31. 97.
Just after closing and sending away my letter of the 18th. Mr. Lott desired me to pay you for him 40. Dollars which I undertook to do. The last post day however escaped me without observing it: so that there has been a fortnight’s delay not at all imputable to Mr. Lott. Be pleased now to debit my account and credit his by that sum, or perhaps it might be a dollar or two or some cents more, for I find I did not make a memorandum of it at the time and now quote it by memory: but you will know it as being the exact balance of his account then payable, and now to be transferred from him to me. I am Dear Sir Your most obedt. servt
PrC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr. Barnes”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.
On 17 July TJ promised Peter Lott that he would pay Barnes $47.25 in his behalf. The same day TJ arranged to purchase corn from Mrs. Ann Key and used an order on Lott for $40.00 as partial payment (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, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , ii, 967).
A letter from Barnes to TJ, dated 22 Apr. and received 21 July 1797, is recorded in SJL but has not been found.