Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Barnes to Thomas Jefferson, 21 April 1819

From John Barnes

George Town Coa 21st April 1819.

My Dear Sir

On the late distressing scene of the distroying Element, at Monticello (without the effective Aid—and Materials, to arrest its impetuos Ravages,) what painfull Anxieties—you—with the good family, must have suffered (can be more readily conceiv’d than expressed) still I Hope! has terminated—with less, serious consequences than expected.—that the Main Dwelling—the Mansion House, with its Valuable Contents are Safe—that you are perfectly recovered from the slight injury you Personally sustained—as well the good family—&c &c

The late extraordinary high winds, has been in many instances the Cause of fires—and probably that of yours.—how Cautiously ought we to guard against so destructive an Enemy.—at your better leisure, I most Anxiously wish to be informed—of yours & families health. that the result of the fire have not meterially injured your Property—with my best regards to your self & family—are Respectfully—

and most Unfeignedly—tendered,

John Barnes,

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqr Monticello”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 May 1819 and so recorded in SJL.

On 16 Apr. 1819 the Alexandria Gazette & Daily Advertiser reprinted an article from a Fredericksburg paper indicating that the previous week’s high winds had made the danger from fire even greater than usual.

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