From John Barnes
Philadelphia 20th June 1799.
Your favrs: 26th & 31st. passed—I recd 8th. Inst, and now inclose you, Mr Brands patent, for, 1000. Acres, (my Usual charge on these are 1 dollar)—Mr Trump—has your draft for doors—and promise, of compleating them—in 20 or 30 days. he is busily employed at Frankford. from whence he Returns to Town every saturday Evening—
you have I presume recd letter of advice, and shipment of Rod Iron from Mr Roberts—
—most Respectfully—I am sir your Obedt: H st.,
RC (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr: Monticello—Virga.”; endorsed by TJ as received 11 July 1799 and so recorded in SJL.
According to SJL TJ wrote to Joseph Roberts as well as to Barnes on 31 May. Neither that letter to Roberts nor communications from him of 6 June, recorded incongruously in SJL as received on the same day as written, have been found. One from Barnes dated 10 June, which TJ received on the 20th, is also missing.