Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Barnes to Thomas Jefferson, 26 February 1819

From John Barnes

George Town D.C. 26th Feby 1819.

Dear Sir,

I have at length had an interview with the Hon: Mr King, though much engaged;—who was pleased to inform me he had received a few days since a letter from General Armstrong to the following purport;1 viz: Of your having declin’d the Trust in favour of John Hartwell Cock Esq. of Fluvanna County in Virginia, Administrator with the will annexed of General Kosciusko.—

From a part of the conversation, it appeared to me Mr King had been referred to Mr Wirt, who had confirmed the intelligence. Schould it really be so, I shall at all times, be ready to attend to any communications you may be pleased to make, respecting any transactions of mine, relative to my Agency of the late General Kosciusko, passed or present, to the entire satisfaction, I trust, of Mr Cock.

You have Sir, I believe, every necessary statement of my several accounts, up to the 17th Octo 1817., when the apparent balance then rendered, was, (exclusive of interest on my extra advance of $812 &c &c—) $278.08.

On reviewing at the same time said account, I thought from the nature of the latter transactions, I had in equity, as well custom & usage, a reasonable claim to the annexed charges & commissions; to which I beg leave to refer you; and indeed I ought then to have transmitted you.—They were then stated and prepared to accompany them; but through delicacy, to the then deranged state of the General’s finances,—delayed & since neglected to the present, and herewith enclosed for your approbation or dissent, will be conformed to.—

With all due respect, and ever grateful for the many passed favours confered,—I am, dear Sir, Your obdt svt

John Barnes.

RC (MHi); in a clerk’s hand, signed by Barnes; adjacent to closing, in clerk’s hand: “Ths Jefferson Esq. Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 4 Mar. 1819 and so recorded in SJL.

1Manuscript: “purpot.”

Index Entries

  • Armstrong, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • Barnes, John; account with T. Kosciuszko search
  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • Barnes, John; letters from search
  • Cocke, John Hartwell (1780–1866); and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business and Financial Affairs; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • King, Rufus; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; account with J. Barnes search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; estate of search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; financial distress of search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; wills of search
  • Wirt, William; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search