Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from John Barnes, 28 August 1805

George Town 28 Augt. 1805.


Your Esteemed favr. 23d. Answering Mr Madisons intention, drawing upon me, for your part of the wines lately imported at N York shall be duly honored—as well, your proposed draft in favr M Reibelt for $150.

The Presidents inclosed Note, for—750—dated 11 Sepr. in lieu of the one of same date for 500—will also be duly Attended too.—Mr LeMaire, had discharged the servants wages before I could have recieved any Monies at W. Bank and when recieved—I askd him how much he wanted. his Ansr. was—3 or 400—when I tendered him the former Amnt. I told him—whenever more was wanted it was at his service—with which he was perfectly satisfied—and my only reason why! I preferred paying the $300—was, lest any unexpected Claim—or demand might interfere—between the present, & 6 Sepr—while my own Bank (from a remittance & paymts made)—was reduced to a mere trifle—The Presidents bala. $139.97. still rests, in W. Bank to the Presidents Credit, & sole use, I shall inform Mr Dougherty respecting Mr Andrews Ornaments—waiting your return 2d. Octr.

with congratulations on your plentifull Crops—while here the complaints of a continued drouth is become general & much to be lamented—indeed!

with the greatest Respect, I am, the Presidents—most Obedt. & very huml servant,

John Barnes.

PS. speaking to Mr LeMaire abt. the portable Soup, it is entirely in his province. & will make it of the 1st. quality—


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