Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Barnes, 16 October 1802

From John Barnes

Geo. Town 16th. Oct 1802

I have to thank you Sir—which I most Sincerely do, for your very flattering & honorable introduction of me, to Genl M—with his very polite & immediate Answer

—but, Situated as my Store and Accts are—and probably will be untill spring—(for I have had no Offers—nor purchasers), nor person—in whom to confide in—Such a Charge—I am of Necessity Obliged to decline Accepting so favorable an Offer.—If Sir—you should judge it proper for me, I would either write or wait personally on G M—

I am Sir, most gratefuly, your most Obedt. H St.

John Barnes

RC (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); at foot of text: “The Presidt: UStates”; endorsed by TJ as received 16 Oct.

GENL M: J. P. G. Muhlenberg. See TJ to Muhlenberg, 10 Oct., and Muhlenberg to TJ, 14 Oct.

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