§ From George W. Erving
14 November 1801, London. Private No. 4. Encloses recently published compendium of British commercial statistics. Believes “Mr Luffman’s” favorable representation of British export trade is too optimistic, no allowance being made under imports and exports for those imported goods that are merely lodged in warehouses and promptly exported or for those exports that are seized by the enemy and are, therefore, a loss to the national economy. Naval and military supplies sent to distant stations are also a drain on the people’s labor. In postscript calendars four official and three unofficial letters sent through John Dawson.