Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to John Barnes, 18 June 1803

To John Barnes

Washington June 18. 1803.

Dear Sir

Before the reciept of your letter this morning, I had taken an exact view of my affairs, and had found that the balance can not be lessened till after the next month. in August it can be lessened 8. or 900. D. in Sep. 11, or 1200, or say 2000. dollars in those two months, & 500. D. a month afterwards till it disappears. I had therefore prepared the letter which accompanies this for the president of the bank; should it be acceded to, I would wish you to call for whatever sums of money your convenience may require from time to time, only letting so much of your capital, as you can conveniently, remain, so that I may be whittling down the balance by degrees on one hand, and by degrees also be shifting parts of it into the bank. be so good as to consider this matter, & the letter and let me know your opinion on it. Accept my affectionate salutations.

Th: Jefferson

PrC (CSmH); at foot of text: “Mr. Barnes”; endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure not found.

your letter this morning: a letter from Barnes received 18 June has not been found, nor is one recorded in SJL.

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