Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Barnes to Thomas Jefferson, 22 June 1814

From John Barnes

George Town 22d June, 1814.

My Dear Sir

Anxious to expedite a Remittance to Genl Kosciusko—I have engaged1 a sett of ex—(expected soon to be at par) a 7½ ⅌ Cent under—Amt £400 sterg as you will perceive by the inclosed statemt &ca

as I have great expectations being able to convey my Letter &c—thro the hands of Mr Nourse—who is expected in Town the insuing week,—I judged it proper for me to Accompany the Genl a/c therewith duplicate also herewith for your govermt as well a Copy of my letter to the Genl—you will perceive the two last items—on the Credit side—as they will—eventualy be filled up & compleated—at your Leisure

I flatter my self these Arangemts will meet your Approval.—and yet hope your expected Letters and even Ansr to this in time to go—by same conveyance

I am Dr Sir

your most Obedt

John Barnes

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 26 June 1814 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Barnes to Tadeusz Kosciuszko, Georgetown, 22 June 1814, informing him that he had received Kosciuszko’s letter of 20 May 1813 acknowledging “the safe conveyance of 5,500 franc’s transmitted thro our mutual friend Mr Morton 16 May 1812”; explaining that the delay in sending the remittance had caused him great distress but was unavoidable due to the “extensive Blockade of the Enemy—whereby all intercourse was at an End”; inclosing through “Messrs Baring Brothers & Compy London—Messrs Bowie & Kurtz, sett of Ex: for £400 sterling a 7½ ⅌Ct under par, equal to 1644–44. dollars, passed to your Debit—in Accot Currt herewith also inclosed—for the Sale of your late Penna Bank stock—and transposing the same in the U States New Loan To which I subscribed by Order of Mr Jefferson $10,000—The particulars of which—when Compleated—I shall do my self the Honor of transmitting you particulars—&ca”; taking note of the “Astonishing and almost incomprehensible Epoch, of Human Affairs” that had recently transpired; and wishing Kosciuszko a “quiet retirement” (Tr in ViU: TJP-ER; entirely in Barnes’s hand; at head of text: “Copy”; at foot of text: “To Genl Thads Kosciuszko Paris”). Other enclosure printed below.

1Manuscript: “enaged.”

Index Entries

  • Bank of Pennsylvania; stock owned by T. Kosciuszko search
  • Baring Brothers & Company; and remittances to T. Kosciuszko search
  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Barnes, John; letters from search
  • Bowie & Kurtz (Georgetown firm) search
  • Congress, U.S.; loans contracted by search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; and J. Barnes search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; Bank of Pennsylvania stock of search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; remittances to search
  • Morton, John Archer; and TJ’s payments to T. Kosciuszko search
  • Nourse, Joseph search