Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Richard Barry, 30 November 1809

To Richard Barry

Monticello Nov. 30. 09


I recieved yesterday from mr Leitch a letter informing me he had your order on me for 243.35 D of which he asked paiment in 30. days. I told the bearer that I was indebted to you, but could not as yet pay it. you know enough of this part of the country to have observed that money cannot be commanded here suddenly1 even by property. on winding up my affairs at Washington, I fell considerably in arrears, and it will take me some time to get clear of them. I was in hopes you could make it convenient to wait for the balance I still owe you, until I could relieve myself from those calls, and that you would consider what is in my hands as a part of your capital placed out at interest, & laid by as it were for future investment. at any rate I will pray you in any case of urgency, not to put me into the hands of other persons, but to explain to me your wants yourself under an assurance that I will ever exert myself when they shall make it necessary, to do for you whatsoever my situation & the resources of the country will put within my power. in the mean time be assured of my constant esteem & best wishes

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); at foot of text: “Mr Richard Barry”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosed in TJ to Joseph Dougherty, 30 Nov. 1809 (see Dougherty to TJ, 5 Dec. 1809).

Richard Barry (ca. 1779–1813), painter and glazier, worked intermittently from 1805 to 1808 at Monticello, where he painted the house, glazed the sashes, grained the interior doors, and performed other tasks. He also assisted Benjamin Henry Latrobe in his work on the United States Capitol and the President’s House in Washington, D.C. (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1150, 1177; Betts, Farm Book description begins Edwin M. Betts, ed., Thomas Jefferson’s Farm Book, 1953 description ends , 339–40; Latrobe, Papers description begins John C. Van Horne and others, eds., The Correspondence and Miscellaneous Papers of Benjamin Henry Latrobe, 1984–88, 3 vols. description ends , 3:313–4; Washington National Intelligencer, 15 Apr. 1813).

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