Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Barnes, 21 May 1802

From John Barnes

George Town 21th May 1802


On the 19th. I was hond. by your favr. 14th.—had my dependence rested wholly on the successful event of a disct. at B of C. it would most Assuredly have been a serious misfortune—but your next Mos. Compensation will prove equally effective—as well curtail an useless expence of $21.—nor will any demand, on your a/c be. in the least suspended. by that disappointment—discounting—in many Cases—is a temptation & risque—to numberless unforeseen inconveniencys—neither am I sorry, (since the effect Ceases) it hath alarmed your Resolution of Curtailing your expenditures—Messrs. G & J. $300—was remitted the 6th Inst. am exceedingly Concerned at their unfortunate connection with Mr. Hooper—for the expected seven dozen Hams. when I am informed of their Amt. shall, if possible, be remitted instantly.

My advices from Mr Ludlow N York, are—that the 3 PCts. are very scarce and even a 61–62. that he is not willing to give more than 60. unless Authorized—to be again disappointed. would I fear increase WS. Anxiety—if not create—an unfavorable Alarm. I therefore—at all [events] wrote him, to secure me $6000. of that stock. will Amt. to $3,680—and upwards.

—the good Genl Ks 1st. & 2d. sett of exchange for ƒ2500 guilders a 40 Cts. is $1000.—are already on their passage to Amsterdam, (the 3d sett with me)—

I called yesterday, on Mr Le Mair—they have been busily employed in preparing for your expected return.

I can readily perceive—there wants some more permanent & Correct regulations, Respecting the lower Class—Marriages—as well Seperations—as in the polite world, still continues—and without some Radical reform, I fear the evil will increase—Washington & Geo Town. without your aid & presence are of themselves but dull, lifeless, idle places, & without your forstering hand must continue so:—Health, a speedy & save return, await you—

I am Sir, Your mst Obed. H St.

John Barnes

RC (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); blurred; at foot of text: “President UStates at Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 June and so recorded in SJL.

GENL KS 1ST. & 2D. SETT OF EXCHANGE: the $1,000 remitted to Tadeusz Kosciuszko was for interest and dividends received on 45 shares of 8 percent stocks of the United States and for 20 shares of Bank of Pennsylvania stock. In a 15 May 1802 letter to Kosciuszko, Barnes enclosed a statement of his account from 23 July 1800 to 15 May 1802 and informed the general that a bill of exchange for ƒ2,500 guilders in favor of Van Staphorst & Co. of Amsterdam had been remitted to him on 26 Apr. An identical payment had been made to Kosciuszko in April 1801 as well. Barnes gave copies of the 15 May letter and Kosciuszko’s account to TJ on 22 June 1802 (Trs in MHi; endorsed by TJ: “Kosciuzko Genl. his acct with mr Barnes to May 15. 1802.”). The third set of exchange, dated 7 May 1802, was drawn on P. & C. van Eeghen of Amsterdam by I. C. Van den Heuvel of New York City (MS in same; Longworth’s American Almanac, New-York Register, and City-Directory, For the Twenty Seventh Year of American Independence [New York, 1802], 340). For background on Barnes’s handling of Kosciuszko’s financial affairs, see Vol. 31:51–3, 560–1, 587n; Vol. 33:288–9; Vol. 35:50n.

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