3 Nover. 1805
The returns of tonnage for 1804 are in the Register’s office, but not yet arranged. On 31 Decer. 1803, our tonnage was as follows. vizt.
|1.||Registered tonnage employed in foreign trade||585,909|
|Do. in whale fisheries||11,247|
|Enrolled in do||1,142|
|In cod fisheries vizt.|
|above 20 tons||42,773||}||50,969|
|under 20 do||8,196|
|2.||Total in fisheries||63,358|
|3.||In coasting trade vizt.|
|above 20 tons||237,787||}||267,787|
|under do. do||30,000||________|
|which at the rate of six||6|
|seamen per 100 tons gives||55,023||seamen|
But the returns derived from the payment of hospital money fall short of that amount: perhaps they cheat; perhaps the rate of six men for 100 tons is too much. We may however count safely on fifty thousand—Note that the above amount does not include the seamen then in our navy who might on 31 Decer. 1803 amount to one thousand—
With respectful attachment Your obedt. Sevt.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.