From John Barnes
George Town 25th April. 1815.
I had closed my letter of the 22d Saturdy (but not sealed it) when I was favrd with yours of the 18th Covering—Order on the Treasury of the U States, for, $4870. which I presented to Mr Shelden Yesterdy who asked of me—in what sums, I wished the Treasury Notes to be of,1 in Order, that he might prepare the Warrant—to be drawn for them—they being of viz. 1000—100—and of $20—each. I prefer’d—viz.
|4—of 1000 each is||$4000.|
|Bank Note for Residue||10||$4,870.|
The next question is, how to dispose of the $4,500. and $360—is $4,860. on a/c of the good Genl I purpose, to make, the Needfull inquiries—for the most eligable and Convenient Stock—for your Goverment, mean while—I am Anxious to secure a sett of exchange on London for £400 Sterg as I find to day, the Drawers are Unwilling to draw—at present, expecting a Rising market to the Eastward—at 2½ Ct above par, and Bills on Paris—at 3 and 3½—you were perfectly Justified in disengaging your self from paying 8 Ct on so considerable a sum—which for these 6 Yrs passed Amot to $2160—almost equal to a Moiety of the Principal:—for the Fractional part of the Int—being paid—Principal and Int. in the same Mo (in conformity to Bank Usage) is not demandable,—
RC (ViU: TJP-ER); endorsed by TJ as received 3 May 1815 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to James Madison, 15 June 1815, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson, Esquire, Monticello, Virginia”; franked; postmarked Georgetown, 26 Apr.
The order on the treasury was presented to treasury clerk Daniel Shelden, who prepared warrant number 8585 for $4,870, dated 21 Apr., in partial payment for the purchase of TJ’s library (Alexander J. Dallas, From the Secretary of the Treasury, accompanied With a Statement exhibiting the sums respectively paid to each clerk in the several offices attached to the Treasury Department, for Services Rendered in the Year 1814 [Washington, 1815], 2; An Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of the United States. For the Year 1815 [Washington, 1816], 103).
The good genl was Tadeusz Kosciuszko.
1. Manuscript: “off.”
2. Manuscript: “offical.”
3. The correct figure was $23,950.
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