Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Barnes, 10 June 1817

To John Barnes

Monticello June 10. 17.

Dear Sir

This is written a few minutes after your departure from this place; for on returning into my room, and recollecting your question of yesterday, whether I had no remittance to make to your quarter, it occurred that I was indebted for the National Intelligencer for some years back; for indeed on examination I do not find that I have paid it later than to Oct. 31. 13. as it will give you less trouble to put the little sum I furnished you into the hands of the editor of that paper, than to remit it to me, I will pray you to pay it to him to be credited to me on his books. I should be glad if he would then let me know how my account will stand.

I comfort myself on your departure by persuading myself to hope that you may find the exercise & amusement of the journey so favorable to your health as to encourage you to repeat your acceptable visits from year to year. wishing this may find you arrived at home and in good health I salute you a[ffecti]onately

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover to TJ; hole in manuscript; at foot of text: “Mr Barnes”; endorsed by TJ.

On 9 June 1817 TJ borrowed the little sum of $25 from James Leitch to loan to Barnes. He repaid Leitch on 16 June (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1334).

Index Entries

  • Barnes, John; handles financial transactions search
  • Barnes, John; letters to search
  • Barnes, John; TJ pays search
  • Barnes, John; visits Monticello search
  • Gales & Seaton (Washington, D.C., firm); andNational Intelligencer search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; and newspaper subscriptions search
  • Leitch, James; account with TJ search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Barnes, John search
  • National Intelligencer (Washington newspaper); TJ’s account with search
  • subscriptions, for publications; newspapers search