Thomas Jefferson Papers

General Statement of Account with John Barnes, 9 December 1801

General Statement of Account with John Barnes

Thomas Jefferson Esqr. In General a/c with John Barnes—

1801.      
Novr 5th: To Appt Balce per a/c renderd    3051.46.
Decr 4th To Amot: of Househd: per a/c    1031.83.
" To do private do     573.43.
"  9th To M Lewis, Note of 7th. Octr a 60 days due and paid at B of C. }  2000
      $6656.72
Novr 7 By Treasury Warrt:    2000.
Decr. 3d By M Lewis Note of 9 Novr a 60 days for discounted at B.C. }  1000.
7th. By Treasury Warrt.    2000.
  By Appt. Balce due, this a/c    1656.72.
      $6656.72.
"  9 To Appt. Balce due this a/c brot: down   $1656.72.
EE: Geo: Town this
9th. Decr: 1801.
John Barnes

MS (ViU); entirely in Barnes’s hand; arranged by Barnes in two columns with the credit column beginning at 7 Nov. to the right of the debit column; endorsed by Barnes as accounts of 4 and 9 Dec., with the balance of $1,656.72.

Lewis’s note of 7th. Octr: in a note dated Washington, 7 Oct., Meriwether Lewis promised in 60 days “to pay to the order of John Barnes Two Thousand dollars (negociable at the Bank of Columbia) for value received” (MS in MHi; in Lewis’s hand and signed by him; signature later canceled with diagonal strokes; endorsed by Barnes: “paid 9th Decr. JB—and Debited for in last Genl a/c”; signature by Barnes on verso, later canceled; endorsed by a clerk).

Lewis note of 9 Novr.: in a note dated Georgetown, 11 Nov., Lewis promised to pay $1,000 in 60 days to the order of Barnes negotiable at the Bank of Columbia (MS in same; in Lewis’s hand and signed by him; signature later canceled with diagonal strokes; endorsed by Barnes: “taken up 9th Inst. & Entd. 81—NB. This Note was Credited @ 9th Novr instead of the 11 Novr per a/c”; signature by Barnes on verso, later canceled; endorsed by a clerk).

Barnes also prepared a “Rough Sketch, Presidents a/c, 4th. Decr 1801 with John Barnes,” recording the balance in Barnes’s favor brought forward on 5 Nov. of $3,051.46 from which was deducted on 7 Nov. a Treasury warrant of $2,000, being TJ’s compensation, for a sum of $1,051.46 in Barnes’s favor; with debits on 4 Dec. of $249.56 for purchases from Barnes’s store and $782.27 for cash and orders on TJ’s household account for the sum of $1,031.83—which Barnes incorrectly rendered as $1,032.83, with the subsequent totals being off by $1—to which was added $573.43 from TJ’s private account for Barnes’s total of $2,657.72; Barnes then crediting TJ’s account with $1,000 by Lewis’s note of 9 Nov.; Barnes indicating that when Lewis’s note of 9 [i.e. 7] Oct. for $2,000 became due on 9 Dec. and his November note for $1,000 became due 9 Jan., TJ’s total debits would be increased by $3,000, for a sum of $4,657.72 in Barnes’s favor; with credits for TJ’s compensation of $2,000 due on 8 Dec. and 8 Jan. to reduce the total sum in Barnes’s favor to $657.72, that is, $656.72 (MS in ViU; 1 p.; entirely in Barnes’s hand and initialed by him as “Exclusive of expenditures from & after the present 4th. Decr 1801,” with a closing note that the 4 Dec. account was “not yet fairly drawn out, but closed in JB’ Ledger”).

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