Thomas Jefferson Papers

Memorandum to Tadeusz Kosciuszko, [25 April 1798]

Memorandum to Tadeusz Kosciuszko

[25 Apr. 1798]


The triplicate of both bills of exchange & the copy of the letters of advice enclosed to Messrs. Nicholas & Jacob Van Staphorst & Hubbard bankers of Amsterdam. therefore the […] of the bills & letters must […]. they are […] informed that the half yearly dividends […] [return?] […] to them, therefore they […] with you […] recieve […] the conveni[…] […] [much con]nected with […] [counted] […] Th: J. for which reasons he […] resides at Paris, is an […] [acquain]ted with, and […] [applied to if the bills be not disposed?] of before you […] particular position is not known to Th:J. letters for you will be addressed to them. they should consequently be kept always informed where you are. the person who acts for me at Philadelphia is mr John Barnes, merchant, South 3d. street Philadelphia. he will be particularly empowered to receive the halfyearly dividends & to remit them to Messrs. Nicholas & Jacob Van Staphorst & Hubbard at Amsterdam.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (MHi); faint, with numerous phrases of three or more words illegible; undated, assigned on basis of reference to bills of exchange (see below); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso: “Kosciusko.”

Bills of exchange: on 12 Apr. Kosciuszko gave TJ a U.S. Treasury warrant for $3,684.54 with a request “to have bills of exchange bought for him.” Barnes converted $3,600 of the sum into two bills of exchange (see TJ to Van Staphorst & Hubbard, 1 May 1798). TJ delivered the bills to Kosciuszko on 25 Apr. along with $66 drawn in the form of a check by Barnes on the Bank of Pennsylvania, which was the remainder of Kosciuszko’s warrant less the bills of exchange and Barnes’s commission of one half of one percent (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 , 2:981, 982).

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