Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Barnes to Thomas Jefferson, 30 December 1817

From John Barnes

George Town Coa 30th Decr 1817—

Dear Sir,

It is with the deepest regret I have to Announce the Death of our dearly beloved friend and much revered Correspondt the Worthy—the Great—the good & Virtuous Genl Kosciusko:—see the Balto Patriot from the Paris de Commerce—of 31st Octr from wch you will—(if not already) receive, the Meloncholy particulars—Occasioned by a fall from his Horse, by which means he was dragged into a precipice—not far from Vevey—was the Cause of his Death which took place at Solure 15th and funiral Ceremony at Paris—the 31st—Aged upwds of 60—years—had never been Married—and his family reduced—to a single Nephew—who lived not far distant, from him—

and from whom it is more then probable you may soon learn further particulars—

most seasonable respects, & warmest wishes for the mutual happiness—of yours & good familes—

your most Obedt &ca

John Barnes.

RC (ViU: TJP-ER); endorsed by TJ as received 5 Jan. 1818 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Victor Adolphus Sasserno, 22 Feb. 1818, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson, Esqr Monticello—Virginia”; franked; postmarked Georgetown, 31 Dec.

On 26 Dec. 1817 the Baltimore Patriot & Mercantile Advertiser printed a description of the funeral and a brief biography of Tadeusz Kosciuszko “Translated for the Baltimore Patriot, from the Paris ‘Journal de Commerce,’ of Oct. 31.” not far distant: Barnes mistakenly copied this line on Kosciuszko’s family: “He had never been married, and his family is reduced to a single nephew, who lived far distant from him.” The surviving relative was Stanislaw Estko.

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