Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to John Barnes, 7 December 1818

To John Barnes

Monticello Dec. 7. 18.

Dear Sir

Your favor of Nov. 31 (for Dec. 1. I suppose) came to hand last night, and your communication of my letter to mr Adams is entirely approved, as our friendly sentiments are fully reciprocal. no one can sympathise with him on his late loss more sincerely than I do.

I am withdrawing from newspapers, and therefore write the inclosed for the editors of the National Intelligencer, which I leave open for your perusal. will you do me the favor to pay up my balance (a little more than a year) and let me know the sum which I will immediately remit you.

My health is in a great degree restored. I now ride daily and am gathering flesh & strength. ever affectionately yours

Th: Jefferson

PoC (MHi); on verso of reused address cover of Charles G. Haines to TJ, 18 Aug. 1818; at foot of text: “Mr Barnes”; endorsed by TJ. Enclosure: TJ to Joseph Gales (1786–1860), 7 Dec. 1818.

Barnes’s favor of nov. 31 is printed above at 30 Nov. 1818. The editors of the Washington Daily National Intelligencer were Gales and William W. Seaton.

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  • Adams, Abigail Smith (John Adams’s wife); death of search
  • Adams, John; friendship with TJ search
  • Barnes, John; and TJ’s health search
  • Barnes, John; as TJ’s agent search
  • Barnes, John; letters to search
  • Gales, Joseph (1786–1860); andNational Intelligencer search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; and newspaper subscriptions search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Family & Friends; friendship with J. Adams search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Health; good health of search
  • National Intelligencer (Washington newspaper); TJ subscribes to search
  • Seaton, William Winston; editor of WashingtonNational Intelligencer search
  • subscriptions, for publications; newspapers search