From William Constable
[New York, October 21–31, 1789]1
Clarett imported in Bottles stands from 3/ to 5/. Bottle as in quality—annexed you have Invo. 16 Hhds of French Wines from Bordeaux.
|Duty4 at 5.4s.5 Tun of 4 Hhds||20.16 s.|
|Iron Hoops 64||Cooperage & Shiping 48||112. 0||132.16|
|Cost at Bordeaux||1607.16|
with Chgs Com’n freight & Insurance from 3/. to 5/. G’n
Yr. mo Humb Servt. Wm. Constable
I never imported either Burgundy or Champaign.
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
2. I.e., La Palud, a French wine-producing region along the Gironde River, northwest of Bordeaux. This wine and those listed below came from the département of Gironde.
3. I.e., Langon.
4. In France at this time under the Traité de Charente an export duty was charged by many of the river ports. The ports on the Gironde River, one of which was Bordeaux, charged such a duty.