Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure: Power of Attorney from Thomas Jefferson to John Barnes for Bank of Columbia Dividends, 15 December 1816

Enclosure II

Power of Attorney to John Barnes for Bank of Columbia Dividends

Know all men by these presents that I Thomas Jefferson of Monticello in Albemarle county of the state of Virginia, by virtue of the powers to me given by Thaddeus Kosciuzko late a General in the army of the United States, do hereby constitute and appoint1 John Barnes of Georgetown in the district of Columbia lawful attorney under my self of the sd Thaddeus, with full power to recieve for the sd Thaddeus, and in his name, all dividends of interest or profit due, or hereafter to become due on shares in the bank of Columbia, which are or may hereafter be holden or owned by the sd Thaddeus in the sd bank, and for the same to give discharges and acquittances, which shall be equally valid, and are hereby confirmed as if given by my self. Witness my hand and seal at Monticello aforesd this 15th day of December 1816.

 Witness Th: Jefferson
James L. Jefferson his seal2

MS (Catherine Barnes Autographs & Signed Books, Philadelphia, 1998); in TJ’s hand, signed by TJ and Jefferson. PoC (DLC: TJ Papers, 208:37187); on recto of reused address cover to TJ; mutilated at seal; with PoC of first power of attorney to Barnes of this date on other side of sheet.

1PoC: “appoin.” RC corrected to “appoint,” probably by a later hand.

2In MS these words are followed by wax from a seal.

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  • Jefferson, James Lilburne (TJ’s nephew; Randolph Jefferson’s son); witnesses documents search
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