Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Nathaniel Barrett, 11 July 1787

From Nathaniel Barrett

Paris 11th. July 1787


The Letter which you did me the honour to communicate to me, from Mr. de Villedeul, I have attentively perused, and beg the Liberty of making the following remarks.

Mr. de Villedeul advises you that the Farmers General received on the 1st. of April last an order from Monsr. de Calonne to comply with the Contents of his Letter to you of the 22d. October last and that on the fifth of the same Month they issued their Orders to the different Bureaux to comply therewith. But it appears that this was not done. For on the Cargo of the Sally, Capt. Coffin from Nantucket loaded with Oil, which arrived at Rouen in December consign’d to Messrs. Le Couteulx & Co., the Strangers’ Duty was demanded and paid the 10th. March last, instead of the duties mentioned in Mr. De Calonnes Letter to you of 7livre tournois 10s. per Ce. and 10s. per Livre, altho this Cargo was imported in an American Ship, and directly from America, which are the only proofs requisite to claim the Alleviation of the Duties promised to the Americans. And when Messrs. Le Couteulx represented the Case and requested a return of the surplus Duties they were answerd that they had no Orders, and to this day the Money has not been refunded, as appears by certificates in the hands of Messrs. Le Couteulx & Co. amounting to 12,831. 8. 6., instead of the duty of 7livre tournois 10s. per 520 and 10s. per Le. which would have amounted to 4126 Ls.

Please Sir, then to communicate this Letter to Monsr. de Villedeul, that he may give Directions to the Farmers General to have this Matter rectifyed and the surplus money repaid to Mess. Le Couteulx & Co.

I have the honour to be with the greatest respect Sir Your mo. Obedt. Servt.,

Nat Barrett

RC (DLC); endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 12 July 1787. This letter was enclosed in TJ to La Boullaye, 17 July 1787.

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