Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Barnes, 20 August 1814

To John Barnes

Monticello Aug. 20. 14.

Dear Sir

Immediately on reciept of your favor of July 29. I wrote to mr Gibson desiring him to make sale of my flour for whatever he could get for it in cash. it had been laying on hand since christmas in hopes of a rise of price. he accordingly made sale of it for 2. D 61 c a barrel which netted me for my wheat 48 cents a bushel. he informed me at the same time he could not sell at all for ready money, & had sold at 60. days but that I might draw on him in the mean time. on the reciept of your letter therefore of the 16th which came to hand last night, I have written to him to remit to you without delay 380 D. and our Richmd1 mail not going out till tomorrow, nor reaching him till the 22d or 23d I fear he will barely have time to find a bill and get it to your hands by the 25th. the sum named is to cover the 360.D. for Gl Kosciuzko, the 8.D. you were so kind as to pay for me to Gl Armstrong, & the balance to lie in your hands to meet the transportation of a patent2 loom from Baltimore to Georgetown where my cart will meet it, should I order one as I have some thought of doing, altho not yet decided. I am anxious that mr Gibson’s remittance should get to hand by the day, & I shall think little of my sacrifice to cover yourself & the General from inconvenience. I salute you with affectionate respect

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); at foot of text: “Mr Barnes.”

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Index Entries

  • Armstrong, John; mentioned search
  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Barnes, John; handles financial transactions search
  • Barnes, John; letters to search
  • Barnes, John; TJ pays search
  • flour; at Richmond search
  • flour; sale of search
  • Gibson, Patrick; and TJ’s flour search
  • Gibson, Patrick; payments made for TJ search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; and T. Kosciuszko’s American investments search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; remittances to search
  • looms search
  • machines; loom search
  • Monticello (TJ’s estate); flour from search
  • Richmond, Va.; flour prices at search