Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Delamotte, 12 August 1791

From Delamotte

Le Havre, 12 Aug. 1791. He has little to add to what he wrote on the 25th, of which he encloses a copy. This goes by Minerva, Capt. Wood, together with public papers sent by Short and another by himself. Le Jeune Eole will bring a clock for TJ which he has just received and did not have time to put on Minerva.—TJ will see that the constitution has been presented to the King and it is said that he will accept it in good faith. If so, prices of colonial produce will fall and exchange will rise. They already talk in Paris of the return of important emigrants. If these events happen, he will notify TJ by Le Jeune Eole sailing at end of the month for Philadelphia and he will then be able to say “la revolution … est complette.”—[P.S.] Prices of colonial produce: brown sugar, 80 to 90livre tournois per cwt.; coffee, 18 to 26s. per lb.; Virginia, Maryland, and Carolina tobacco of good quality, 38 to 42livre tournois per cwt.; of bad quality, 25 to 30livre tournois, but little in demand.

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD); 5 p.; endorsed by TJ as received 22 Oct. 1791. Delamotte wrote on 24 Aug. that the Minerva had been delayed long enough to take on TJ’s clock after all (TJ’s customs statement dated 17 Oct. 1791 indicates the clock arrived on this ship. MS, owned by Forest Sweet, Sr., New York), adding that the ensuing days had offered no new news of the revolution, except that the nation was alternately made to fear invasion by “une ligue des Princes d’Allemagne” and to hope that no one would invade. He also observed that successful American trade with the colonies had replaced French trade, further strengthening American credit in England (RC in DNA: RG 59, CD).

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