George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Reuben Harvey, 28 March 1785

From Reuben Harvey

Cork [Ireland] 28th March 1785

Respected Friend

I am to acknowledge the receipt of thy acceptable favour dated August 30th.1 Our last Wheat Harvest proved good & caused the prices of Wheat to keep low for some Months past, Viz. from 26/ to 20/ per bble weighing 20 Stones or 280 suttle pounds; We cannot import your Wheat &✻ Flour except the middle price of Wheat be 30/ per bble or more, but liberty is given to share them in order for being reshipped to a Foreign Market, if the Mercht finds the home Market not likely to advance to 30/ per bble in any reasonable time after they have been landd. English Wheat & Flour can be imported when our price is 27/ per bble or more, so that there is 3/ difference made, which a virtuous or good Irish Parlt, that regards it’s Country’s real interest, ought not to make, seeing there is a valuable Export of Linnens & other Manufactures from Ireland to America. At present the English People seem great⟨ly⟩ displeased with a Commercial Bill brough⟨t⟩ into their House of Commons by Pitt, which they think will give this Country some small advantages in Manufactures, And this their selfish grasping dispositions cannot bear; Whether the Minister will be able to effect his purposes, time only can determine, but be the event what it may, Ireland is smartly taxed by her own venal Parliamt, & the large Military Force kept up, together with a Militia Bill design’d to establish a Militia of Government’s own making, will probably enable Park to tax the Country as they please, especially as the Volunteers in most Southern Countys are altogether languid; Such is the political state of Ireland! I hope America will avoid the corrupt examples of those Islands, & that also avoiding internal disputes she will long remain flourishing & happy. With sincere regard I am Thy respectful Friend

Reuben Harvey

✻Foreign Flour cant at any time be consumed, here, by a late Act of Park being prohibited.2


1The ALS has not been found, but the letter-book copy is dated 25 Aug., not 30 Aug., 1784.

2Below this, Harvey lists: “Mess Beef 46/ per bble; Do Pork 52/ per do; Butter 52/ per ct; Mold candles 6 d. ½ per ct; Barrels staves £7 per M.”

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