Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Barnes, 16 October 1802

From John Barnes

Geo: Town 16t Oct 1802


Reflecting on your much Esteemed favr. with which you Hond. me this morning

I am very Apprehensive you have in the warmth of your friendly recommendation far—very far—exceeded the humble abilities I really possess—and withal not made the Necessary Allowances, for my Age, & defects which, the want of practice, may be indispensible in the rotine of business there—in which Case, I should be exceedingly Mortified indeed—in Attempting to Obtrude myself, at the expence of discrediting my employer, & Principal—on the Other hand, could I but be made Acquainted with the Particulars, thereof, I could then judge of the Necessary Qualifications—to insure both, or, however reluctantly, to decline the Boon so freely offered—Under these particular circumstances I beg leave to Submit it, to your better Judgment if, it would not be prudent in me to wait on G M. in person, or, to write to him—on the Subject, of my embarrassments.

With the most gratefull Esteem & respect—I am Sir your Obliged & very H St.

John Barnes

RC (ViU: Edgehill-Randolph Papers); addressed: “The President of the United States”; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Oct. and so recorded in SJL.

FAVR. WITH WHICH YOU HOND. ME THIS MORNING: a letter from TJ to Barnes dated 16 Oct. has not been found, nor is one recorded in SJL.

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