Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Stephen Cathalan, Jr., 10 September 1792

From Stephen Cathalan, Jr.

Bordeaux, 10 Sep. 1792. He arrived here on the 5th. Since his departure from Marseilles, wheat prices there have risen to £60livre tournois. Wheat can still be freely purchased and exported to foreign ports. But if free trade in this article should end, a horrid famine soon would ensue, for an abundance of wheat depends on high prices. The National Assembly has reduced the duty on tobacco imported on American and French vessels. [P.S.] Wheat will always be “£6. a 8.livre tournois per charge more at Marseilles than at Bordeaux.”

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD); 2 p.; subjoined to Dupl of Cathalan to TJ, 24 Aug. 1792.

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