Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Barnes, 3 August 1809

To John Barnes

Monticello Aug. 3. 09.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 26th ult. came to hand by the last post. that of June 23. had been recieved in due time, & I had not adverted to the copy of the order it inclosed respecting Genl K’s Pensylvania bank stock. I now inclose you an order to recieve it. I am very happy at being released from the bank in a way to incommode nobody. I am distressed by old mr Shoemaker your neighbor, who has rented a mill of me two years without paying as yet a cent. he promises fair but never performs. can you give me any information of his circumstances. he has the mill for 3. years to come at 1250.D. a year.

I was so unfortunate as to lose one of my trunks of valuable effects & papers which came by water from Washington. it was stolen from the boat on James river, plundered & destroyed, and the culprit is under trial & will doubtless be hung for it. some such example is much wanting to render property waterborne secure. wishing you many years of health & happiness I salute you affectionately

Th: Jefferson

P.S. I inclose my bank book according to request, & a letter concerning some things addressed to you for me from N. Orleans, but of which I fear you have heard nothing since, as I have not.

PoC (DLC); below signature: “Mr Barnes.” Enclosure: TJ to Jonathan Smith, 3 Aug. 1809, directing him “to pay to the order of John Barnes the amount of the half year’s dividend, due & payable on General Kosciuszko’s twenty shares of Pensylvania bank stock” (RC from Roy G. Fitzgerald, Dayton, Ohio, 1950, below signature: “To Jonathan Smith esq. Cashier of the bank of Pensylva Philadelphia,” notation, probably by Smith, at foot of text: “Charge Tho Jefferson 320$”; Dft in ViU: TJP-ER, in Barnes’s hand, dated July 1809). Enclosed bank book not found.

Barnes’s two preceding letters, of 23 june and 26 July, both not found, are recorded in SJL as received from Georgetown on 29 June and 31 July 1809. The letter about some things addressed to you for me may have been a duplicate of TJ to William Brown, 22 May 1809.

Index Entries

  • Bank of Pennsylvania; stock owned by T. Kosciuszko search
  • Bank of the United States; loan through J. Barnes and J. Madison search
  • Barnes, John; cosigns loan to TJ with J. Madison search
  • Barnes, John; letters from accounted for search
  • Barnes, John; letters to search
  • Brown, William; letters to mentioned search
  • James River; trunk lost on search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; Bank of Pennsylvania stock of search
  • rent; due from Shoemakers search
  • Shadwell mills; rent for search
  • Shoemaker, Jonathan; rent due from search
  • Smith, Jonathan; letters to accounted for search
  • trunk, lost in return from Washington; presumed lost search