§ From Elias Vander Horst
18 March 1801, Bristol. Transmits copy of his 17 Dec. dispatch (since which he has received no letters); encloses accounts of imports and exports by American vessels during six-month period ending 31 Dec. 1800, newspapers, and a price list of London commodities. Food costs continue to rise. Shortage is now critical, and continued war will interfere with supplies from European continent. Imports from U.S. cannot suffice as West Indies needs U.S. supplies also. Agricultural prospects in Bristol are flattering, owing to mild weather. In 30 Mar. postscript adds that delay of vessel allows him to enclose more newspapers. Wheat and flour prices have declined considerably, but without opening of Baltic decline will not last.