Thomas Jefferson Papers

II. Notes on Cost of Shipping Rice, &c., 1787

II. Notes on Cost of Shipping Rice, &c.

Le Riz vaut dans ce moment £14. à £14.5s. de Nice Le cantare qui est composé de 150. lb soit de 6 Rubs de 25. ℔ chaque.

Le Rapport du poidt de Nice à celui de Marc doit etre calculé sur le pied de 25.℔ de Nice pour 16 ℔. de Marc de manière que le cantare soit quintal de Nice de 150 ℔. est equivalent à 96 ℔. de Marc.

Le louis d’or de france de £24. vaut £25 de Nice en marchandise.1

Estimate of expense of sending rice to France from South Carolina

Freight from Chas. T. to Bourdeaux. the French Quintal 3  Os.
Insurance @ 3 pr Cent. 10. 
Commission @ 2½ pr Cent. 9. 
  Difference of French and American hundred, say 1/10 make the French kental (when the American kental is at 14/)

1787. Mr. D. Parker tells me the present crops of rice in America are about 80,000 casks containing 500 ℔. nett each, and worth at London and Amsterdam on average a Guinea the nett hundred. That the quantity increases annually from 5 to 10,000 barrels.

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 46: 7802); partly in clerk’s hand and partly in TJ’s; evidently written at different dates; endorsed.

1Foregoing part of MS is in clerk’s hand; remainder is in TJ’s hand.

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