Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Barnes to Thomas Jefferson, 11 July 1817

From John Barnes

George Town Coa 11th July 1817.

Dear Sir—

since my Return, I have revised your Accot & thereby corrected an error of mine in your favr of $12. now adjusted—and herewith, inclose you a perfect statemt by which I remain your Debter $11—dollrMr Milligans Note, bespeakes his good intention—but I dare not wait—its final issue—I shall however daily Urge the delivery—

Mr Wheat, handed me your favr of the 14hthe 20th Ulto and withal informed me he had been in Washington had met, with a decent looking man—who presumed—from Mr Wheats discription of Thruston he could in Course of a day or two point him Out—that his Usual business was waiting on Gentn dressing Boots, &c—and from Appearances suspected, he wished Concealmt—that his Usual place was in a Cellar—I offered Mr Wheat whatever money he might stand in need off—but assured me, he had sufft and promised to call on me next day.—

but nothing has transpired since, respecting either—

I beg you Sir—Accept my most gratefull thanks for your very friendly Attention as well for your Renewed Invitation—which I dare not Hope to realize a 88—My best wishes, attend to good families at and [. . .] Monticello—many very many, happy Years.—

Most Respectfully—and very sincerely your Obedt servt

John Barnes,

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); one word illegible; at foot of text: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr Monticello—Virga”; endorsed by TJ as received 15 July 1817 and so recorded in SJL.

Index Entries

  • Barnes, John; and runaway slave search
  • Barnes, John; letters from search
  • Barnes, John; TJ’s account with search
  • Barnes, John; visits Monticello search
  • Hern, Thruston (TJ’s slave; b.1795); escapes slavery search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; account with J. Barnes search
  • Milligan, Joseph; binds books for TJ search
  • Monticello (TJ’s Albemarle Co. estate); Visitors to; Barnes, John search
  • overseers; attempt to capture runaway slaves search
  • slaves; fugitive search
  • Washington, D.C.; slaves run away to search
  • Wheat, Rezin; and runaway slave search