James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Edward Jones, 8 July 1802 (Abstract)

§ From Edward Jones

8 July 1802, Pointe-à-Pitre. Forwards a copy of his last dispatch [10 May]. “Since then for nearly 30 days we were prohibited from exporting any kind of produce except Rum & Molasses.” Restrictions were recently taken off, and all exports are allowed if the following duties are paid: 10 percent on sugar, 5 percent on rum and molasses, 4½ sous per pound on coffee, and 4½ livre tournois per hundredweight on cotton, “with an addition of 10 per Ct. on amount of Duties.” Articles of the “first necessity, that is all kinds of provisions and Lumber,” may be imported duty free. Expects to leave Guadeloupe for the U.S. in about a month. “This Island may be said to be restored to perfect tranquility, the Brigrands [sic] are all Distroyed except 100. to 150 Headed by Palerme who has taken refuge in the Mountains of Guadeloupe.”

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