To Tench Coxe
Feb. 8. 93.
Th: Jefferson presents his compliments to Mr. Coxe and incloses a letter from which he gets a hint which may serve as a clue to the unfavorable distinction made by the British as to our vessels. He suspects that they permit vessels belonging to other countries,1 tho’ not built in those countries to carry to Engld. the produce of those countries. They certainly did this for us till lately. In this case2 it is a favorable connivance to other nations refused to us.
Th:J. having given the pamphlet containing plan for establishing a town, to the Presidt. will thank him for 2 more, one to be sent to the Commrs. at Geo. town, the other for his own use.
RC (MoSHi: Bixby Collection); dateline between body of letter and postscript; addressed: “Mr. Coxe”; endorsed by Coxe, with additional notation in his hand, possibly of a later date: “Plan of Town on Susquehannah: Exempli gratia.” Not recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.
1. Word interlined in place of “nations.”
2. Preceding three words written over “I suspect […],” erased.