Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Barnes to Thomas Jefferson, 27 February 1814

From John Barnes

George Town Colo 27th Feby 1814—

Dear Sir—

On receipt of your favr 23d recd last Evening, I have by this days Mail wrote to my friend in Philada (not to Alarm him in Case of any suspicion, as to the Cause) for his Advice & directions respecting the disposal of a few Shares (say ten)1—of Penna Bank Stock, for a friend of mine—and shd the Offer be Acceptable the Currt & selling price terms &tc and withal, the probability of any Extra dividend—at 1t July—mean while, I shall inform my self of the terms & conditions of the new Loan—and whether or not—an exchange, of said Bank stock, for a loan Certificate wd be Accepted of2—all of which, I shall in due time, advise you—for your Govemt—Respecting the Manhattan Bank, the particulars not known3 to me—but thro the Medium of the News papers, I still presume Originated—thro design.—however that may be, I also well know the effects may be severely felt by the Other Institutions—at least the fall in these Stocks will I Apprehend be the Consequence—It is most Assuredly high time—for the Several Govermts to put a final Stop to the increase of these most extravagant Institutions—but the rage is such that even in this Case (as in London) private Companies, Composed of respectable Names and Means, will I fear eventually be the Consequence—those already incorporated cannot be restrained Untill their Charter expires—are I presume—more by one half sufft—for a liberal Medium of Circulation.

Can the devize be thought of! towards releving the good Genl K? If it were possible for him—to draw upon me at sight, for $1000—Thro the Aid of his Banker—even this expedient I fear is impracticable. the Merchts on this side the Atlantic are all—indebted to France.—

most Respectfully—Dear Sir I am, Your Obedt servt

John Barnes,

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 4 Mar. 1814 and so recorded in SJL.

genl k: Tadeusz Kosciuszko.

1Omitted closing parenthesis editorially supplied.

2Manuscript: “off.”

3Manuscript: “know.”

Index Entries

  • Bank of Pennsylvania; stock owned by T. Kosciuszko search
  • Bank of the Manhattan Company; distressed situation of search
  • banks; distressed situation of search
  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Barnes, John; letters from search
  • Congress, U.S.; loans contracted by search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; Bank of Pennsylvania stock of search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; remittances to search