From Mathew Carey
Philada Decr 1. 1821
I am writing some essays on the situation & policy of this Country, previous to the revolution—and am desirous of obtaining information on the following points.
Was the balance of trade between Great Britain & the southern Colonies, particularly Va. against the latter?
Was there a heavy balance due from the Colonies to Great Britain?
Can you form any idea of the amount? Your obt. hble. servt.
RC (DLC). Addressed in an unidentified hand to JM, and franked. Docketed by JM.