Richmond Octr: 26th. 1829.
I had some hopes until yesterday that it would now be within my power to discharge the debt so long due to you. As they have failed me, I beg leave to offer you the inclosed note. I assure you most sacredly that it shall be paid when due. I have made it payable at the Washington Branch Bank, because when in that place my transactions in money are with it. The members of the House of Reps. receiving their pay thro’ it. I am persuaded sir that if you knew the painful & distressing embarrassments that have surrounded me for several years past, that, this delinquency in justice, would be viewed by you with an indulging eye—The circumstances to which I allude you have possibly heard & I forbear to say more of them.
When I pass thro’ Fredg. I will ascertain the precise amount & provide for paying the residue, whatever it may be. I repeat to you that as sure as I live this note will be paid. With great Respect & Esteem yrs
J. S. Barbour
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.