Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Joseph Fenwick, 12 May 1793

From Joseph Fenwick

Bordeaux 12 May 1793.


Herewith is a copy of my last letter. The chanels now left to write you from this country render it imprudent to say anything on the subject of politics. We are perfectly quiet here and in the neighbourhood of this Department. The government of France continues their uniform protection and favor to the American Commerce, and the Trading people have much confidence in and pay higher freights to American vessels than to any other neutral ones.

I enclose you a third Copy of a Bond required of the Consuls, least those that preceded it have not reached you. Mr. John Mason of George Town Potomack will procure the security required.

I annex a note of the prices of American produce, and the freights of American Ships now here and remain with the greatest respect Sir your most obedient and humble Servant

Joseph Fenwick

Freights for W. Indias—30 a 34 Dollars per Ton of 4 hhds Wine & ten per Ct.

for Isle france   40—Dlrs. per do and as much back—Dto.
for Holland & Hans Towns 4 £rs Str per ton  & Dto.
for the Baltic         5 a 5. 10/ do: per do.
Foreign Wheat 7/ Str per American Bushel
flower 35/ Str per Barrel
Tobacco 60 a 90livre tournois per Ct.
Whale Oil 65livre tournois per Ct.
liver Dto. 75livre tournois per Ct.
Whale Bone 200 a 250 per Ct.
Beef 100livre tournois per Barrel
Exchange London 4d Str per livre
Pork 120 a 130livre tournois per Dto.

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD); addressed: “The Honble The Secretary of State Philadelphia”; franked and postmarked; noted in pencil by TJ above first paragraph: “Extract of lre dated Bordeaux 12. May. 93.”; endorsed by TJ as received 25 July 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) Fenwick to TJ, 14 Apr. 1793 (recorded in SJL as received 25 July 1793, but not found). (2) Fenwick’s consular bond, 20 Nov. 1792 (Tripl in DNA: RG 59, CD; in Fenwick’s hand). The last three sentences of the first paragraph of the letter were published in the 27 July 1793 issue of the National Gazette and the postscript in its 31 July 1793 issue.

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