Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Barnes, 21 September 1801

From John Barnes

Geo: Town 21st Sept. 1801


By the time this reaches you, 24th–25th I flatter myself, your Chariot, is nearly at Havre de Grace, on its way to Washington—As, on receipt of your favr. 12th recd the 15th. I instantly set ab: the means of procuring, an Able & steady pair of horses.—which we effected late on the 16th. shod & prepared on Thursday and on Friday morning early. Mr Dougherty set off from your stables with letter—and instructions to Mr Hanse—who I had previously noticed by Wednesys: Evening Mail, to be in readiness against Mr Doughertys expected Arrival Sunday Evening 20th. Urging him to leave Philada. if possible Monday so as to reach Darby. all which I persuade myself have or will be nearly Accomplished—And whereas you had—judged it expedient to reimburse me $1000, (which I could have made a reel of without, troubling your friends at Richmond—via Messrs. G & J) from whom I recd by Thursdays mail, viz: Brown, Rivers, & Co. draft at1 ten days After sight on Walker & Kennedy: I thought it best to forward it per that Evening Mail, to Mr Hanse, on a/c—I had already remitted Roberts & Jones—as well discharged Mr Carpenters Balla. $100; so that, of your late lists either here, or at Philada. there remains only, Sheaffs $553.80. unadjusted—and that, shall be closed by the middle of Octr:—In the course of our inquiries After a pair suitable horses & driver—they would not engage under $60. beside paying ferriages—Such is the busy season for horses—that by engaging their Horses Only and the time Allowed, being barely sufft: for the return of Mr Dougherty before your expected Arrival—I thought my self fortunate in closing—with this pair of Approved Horses at $30. to be allowed Eleven days in Case of unforeseen Accident or delay or Bad Weather &c. and withal, prefering Mr. Doughertys Care—in point of preserving every thing Appertaining thereto—with strict charge, not to suffer any one to Enter the Carriage—that these several expectations may be realized and your safe Arrival is the Ardent wish,

of, Sir, your most Respectfull Obedt & very huml Servt:

John Barnes

PS. in a late letter received from Dr. Edwards—who I am sorry to inform—is much indisposed—He had paid a visit to German town—but could not see Mr Stewart—from his engagemts—but intended writing him a line—on the subject of my letter—in order to prepare him against my expected Arrival—

RC (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr. President. U States. Monticello Virginia”; franked; postmarked 20 Sep.; endorsed by TJ as received 20 Oct. and so recorded in SJL. Tr (same); in Barnes’s hand; at head of text: “Copy”; endorsed by Barnes: “original not recd.”; endorsed by TJ: “copy of Sep. 21. 1801.”

On friday, 18 Sep., Joseph dougherty set off for Philadelphia to pick up TJ’s chariot. He returned to Washington by 26 Sep., when Barnes paid him $25.18 for “travelling expns. to & from Philadelphia.” On that date, Barnes also paid Mr. Cromwell $30 for the pair of approved horses, giving a total of $55.18 in expenses for the trip (statement of household account from John Barnes, 30 Sep. 1801, in ViU).

1MS: “A.”

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