To John Barnes
Washington May 5. 1801.
|On examination of our accounts I observe the amount||[D]|
|of your debet||[2276.685]|
|2000. D. for March and 2000. D. for April|
|supposed receivable yesterday||4000.|
|leaves a balance for the use of the present month of||[1723.295]|
I will therefore ask the favor of you to make arrangemts. for the following sums:
|for||Colo. Thos. Newton Norfolk by draught on the|
|Collector if possible||350.125|
|Colo. John Hoomes||300.|
|Mr. Rembrandt Peale to be pd in Philadelphia||30.|
|to mr Rapin cash on account||200.|
|to myself in bank bills (of 5. & [10.] D.)||30.|
I did expect Colo. Hoomes would have written to you where & in what form [he] would chuse to recieve his money, & if he has not, I am at a loss what [to advise]. I will inclose Colo. Newton’s draught in a letter of my own. accept assurances of my affectionate esteem & attachment.
PrC (CSmH); faint and blurred, with figures in brackets supplied from 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 , 2:1040, where it is noted that the correct figure for the available balance would be $1,723.315; at foot of text: “Mr. John Barnes”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso.
TJ’s figure for the balance he initially owed Barnes was from a settlement of their accounts as of 25 Apr. 1801. TJ used round numbers for his salary for March and April. The president’s annual compensation, established by a September 1789 act of Congress, was $25,000, payable on a quarterly basis (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 , 2:1040; U.S. Statutes at Large description begins Richard Peters, ed., The Public Statutes at Large of the United States … 1789 to March 3, 1845, Boston, 1855–56, 8 vols. description ends , 1:72).
The payment to Thomas Newton was for a pipe of Madeira; see Newton to TJ, 8, 14 Apr. 1801. That to John Hoomes was for a saddle horse (Vol. 32:400–1; TJ to Hoomes, 17 Apr.). Rembrandt Peale, at TJ’s request, had made a copy of his portrait of TJ (TJ to Charles Willson Peale, 21 Feb. 1801; Rembrandt Peale to TJ, 1,  Mch. 1801).
On 5 May, TJ wrote an order on Barnes for the payment to Joseph Rapin, the steward of the President’s House, of $200 (MS in MHi; in TJ’s hand and signed by him; dated by endorsement of Barnes, who also noted that payment was made on 6 May). On the 11th of the month, TJ examined Rapin’s accounts from 20 Mch. to 9 May for provisions ($215.68), wood ($109.08), miscellanies ($48.98), and payments to servants ($192.00), recording the amounts in pounds and shillings converted into dollars and cents. Balancing Rapin’s expenditures against cash payments made to him from 8 Apr. through the $200 ordered on 5 May, TJ found that Rapin was still due £32.3.10½, which TJ reckoned as $85.85. He also made a note in his financial record that “Mr. Barnes accts. moreover contain considble. supplies of provisions, to wit groceries &c.” On 11 May, TJ wrote an order for payment of the $85.85 to Rapin, who received it that day (MS in ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers, in TJ’s hand and signed by him, endorsed by Barnes, who wrote the acknowledgment of receipt signed by Rapin; 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 , 2:1040–1).