28 May 1805
The last paragraph of the enclosed letter seems to confirm the hint that Great Britain had not succeeded in forming any efficient alliance on the Continent.
There is an act passed by the legislative Council of Orleans for dividing the Territory into Counties; which, if it has been received either by you or by the Department of State would assist in dividing the two land districts. It will be necessary to establish it soon as Mr. Thomson has accepted & writes that he will be on the spot in July.
By a sketch of the revenue (impost) for 1804, I find that after deducting the drawbacks, debentures, bounties, expences of collection it
|That of 1803 was only (in which our estimates are founded) ”||11,310,000|
|making an increase of ”||1,870,000|
|which arises from the following items vizt.|
|New Orleans revenue “||270,000|
|light Money & specific duties for six months at most||100,000|
|Mediterranean fund for six months||470,000|
|natural & war increase “||1,100,000|
|deduct incurred expences of collection||70,000|
|Increases as above||1,870,000|
Our receipts have not, however, kept altogether pace this year with that apparent increase, owing principally to the great re-exportations this year of articles imported last season.
|The gross revenue of N. Orleans has been for the three last quarters of 1804—||232,576|
|Add for another quarter||68,000|
|Makes for the whole year||300,000|
The first quarter of 1804 gave but 34,000 dollars under the Spanish duties & regulations. Our laws commenced on 1st April.
With great respect and attachment Your obed. Sert.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.