Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Barnes to Thomas Jefferson, 18 September 1821

From John Barnes

Geo Town Coa 18th Sepr 1821.

My Dear Sir—

Your Esteemed favr 10th gave me great pleasure—it Assured me—your restablished health confirmed, by your late return from Bedford, as usually—for mine—early in April, I experienced a serious indisposition by the timely Assistance of Doctr Worthington & sonMrs Redcliff & trusty Abigail—in course of 3 weeks. (tho not as family)1—able, to walk to the Capital for Amusemt—to the Bank of Columbia fatigues me, Otherwise—save my imperfect hearing I have great—very great reason indeed!—and Am, most Assuredly—truly thankfull—for the Numberless Mercies—and Blessings—Undeservedly—I have and still daily injoy—reading—one of my greatest comforts—together with those about me—for business—&a &a—Obliging and contented—makes mine, Under all my infirmities—as much so as can be expected—

with referance to the unsettled Claims from our departed friend—whenever the Authorized Agent Applies—I shall meet him, with all due respect and frankness. explain to him—the Appeart State of his Accots of which, doubtless they’re already Apprized (not, that—I hold my self—accountable altogether2 to them) but to you and—as such—I shall—with pleasure render to them—as I would—and should—do—Unto your self

I sent yesterday and received from Mr Brent the Box of Menerils Mr Sumpter—brought from Brazils and shall reship for Richmond to the Care of Capn Peyton per 1st favorable Vessel—there is one expected to leave this—in abt 3 days—

most Respectfully, be Assured—I am ever Sir—your Obedt servant,

John Barnes,

RC (MHi); endorsed by TJ as a letter of 16 Sept. 1821 received three days later and so recorded in SJL, but referred to by TJ in his response of 25 Sept. 1821 as a letter of 18 Sept. 1821 received 25 Sept. 1821. RC: top half of address cover only (DLC), with Dft of TJ to Elbridge Gerry (1793–1867), 23 Nov. 1822, on verso; bottom half of address cover only (DLC), with Dft of TJ to Thomas Mann Randolph, 24 Nov. 1822, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Esqr—Monticello—Virginia”; stamped; postmarked Georgetown, 19 Sept.

doctr worthington & son were the physicians Charles Worthington and his son Nicholas W. Worthington (RCHS description begins Records of the Columbia Historical Society, 1897–1989 description ends 33/34 [1932]: 147–8). mrs redcliff: Mrs. Ratcliff (Washington Daily National Intelligencer, 21 Feb. 1825). our departed friend: Tadeusz Kosciuszko. The authorized agent for settling Kosciuszko’s estate was Benjamin L. Lear.

1Thus in manuscript, with “formerly” probably intended. Omitted closing parenthesis editorially supplied.

2Word interlined.

Index Entries

  • Barnes, John; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • Barnes, John; health of search
  • Barnes, John; letters from search
  • Barnes, John; ships goods to TJ search
  • Brazil; minerals from search
  • Brent, Daniel; and goods for TJ search
  • Kosciuszko, Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Andrzej Bonawentura; estate of search
  • Lear, Benjamin Lincoln; and T. Kosciuszko’s estate search
  • mineralogy; collections of minerals search
  • Peyton, Bernard; and goods for TJ search
  • Ratcliff (Ratcliffe), Mrs.; and J. Barnes search
  • Sumter, Thomas (1768–1840); and minerals for TJ search
  • Worthington, Charles; as physician search
  • Worthington, Nicholas William; as physician search