Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Tench Coxe, [1790]

From Tench Coxe



I have the honor to send you a very interesting report made in March last by a Comme. of the British Privy Council upon the subject of their corn trade. The two first paragraphs of the 7th page appear to merit particular attention, and more especially the last of them against which you will observe I have placed an index☞.

The paragraph in page 22, marked with an index favors exceedingly the opinion that the Barley in the French return, was fraudulently introduced into France from England and The paragraph at the top of the page 23 marked also with an index shows the footing on which foreign corn is judiciously proposed to be introduced. The restriction, which I mentioned to have been informed of, is, I presume a confinement of this accomodation to the importing in British Ships.

This paper was sent to me this morning by Mr. Vaughan with a request that I would return it as soon as possible. I conceive it so important that it should be laid before you, that I have ventured to send it to you. If Mr. V. applies to me for it I will take the liberty of sending for it unless you shall have previously returned it to me.

I have the

RC (DLC); in the hand of Tench Coxe, undated and not recorded in SJL, but perhaps written in late summer or early autumn of 1790. The text is incomplete, but apparently lacks only the remainder of the complimentary close and the signature. Enclosure: Hawkesbury’s Representation of the Lords of the Committee of Council…upon the present state of the laws for regulating the importation and exportation of corn (London, 1790). The particular copy that Coxe marked was evidently returned to John Vaughan. TJ also received a copy from John Browne Cutting, which was perhaps enclosed in one of his several missing letters written in 1790 (see Sowerby, description begins E. Millicent Sowerby, comp., Catalogue of the Library of Thomas Jefferson, Washington, D.C., 1952–59, 5 vols. description ends No. 3591). See TJ to Carroll, 4 Apr. 1791.

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