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Bordeaux, 28 Apr. 1789 . No arrivals since his of [25th.] From public prints up to 4 Mch. the states have chosen representatives for Congress except North Carolina: “General Washington President John Adams Vice. Mr. Jay appears to have had many Voices for Vice. Your State is represented … by J. Page, James Maddison, Saml. Griffin, Andrew Moore, R. H. Lee and Alexr. White.—Great disunion in New...
Bordeaux, 25 Apr. 1789 . Since his of 18th, six vessels have arrived from America: “one from Carolina with Rice, three from Maryland with wheat, flour and Tobacco, Two from Virginia with Tobacco and wheat. They are seasonable arrivals. Having urgent wants great supplies must arrive to supply them. These ships will be dispatcht with all posible diligence in hopes to return back to france with...
I am honor’d with your favor of the 12th. We have at present in this Port the Ships Le Marquis de la fayette Cap. Cain belonging to Philada. a good Ship a good Captain, bound to Philada. The Duc de Penthievre with Tobacco from Norfolk to return so soon as discharged, a Good Ship. The Philadelphia from Baltimore unloading and will be ready in 10 or 15 Days. The Mercury her departure uncertain....
As I intimated to you in my last On application to the Directeur of the Domaine who is orderd to pay the Bounty allowd by Gouverment on flower and wheat Imported from the United States, he Evaded satisfying the demands of the Importers alledging the want of the Certificate from a Civil Magistrate at the Port of Export, I waited on the Director to know what he understood by that Certificate...
There are Cases werein Spite of all Opossion means permiting forces our restrictions. The Number of Unfortunate American Seamen in this City drove to dispair by the want of every Necessary calls for publick assistance. The Number of Shipwrecks that have lately happend has sent great numbers of distrest men to apply for relief. A State of Bankruptcy in Trade is not more horid than the Crys of a...
I have to reply to the Honor of your favor of the 14 Ulto. I made recherches at the Prevoté to find out the two Americans who petitiond your intervention. They are not within the limits of this Jurisdiction. The Season has been most uncommonly severe, since the 24 our River is full of Ice, great Loss’s are sustaind on the Navigation, many ship are Lost and others greatly Damaged. Last night I...
A Shipment I made in August is the cause of your not having receiv’d the two Cases of hautBrion. My Coopers thro inattention Shipt them with a considerable number I then sent off to the Isl of france and which I did not discover of some Days after, too late to have them landed. The Vintage and a Wedding we have had in our family Capivatived me most of this fall In the Country that in truth I...
I receiv’d ⅌ last post a Letter under my Cover from you for the Honble. J. Jay, which I have deliverd to Mrs. Barclay.-Mrs. Barclay with her family arrived in good health on Saturday. They are on their passage to America having left this early this morning. One of the papers you deliverd Mrs. Barclay was the Inclosed paquet that she apprehends was put up thro mistake and has given it me to...
Bordeaux, 9 Aug. 1788. Mrs. Barclay wrote by this day’s post that she would set out by 10th or 15th at furthest, and intended to stop at Blaye . “The Diligence dont pass near that post of some miles,” and he urges TJ to convey his recommendation that she “stop at a Village or small bourg calld St. André de Cubsac near to which we have a Country Seat, and will give instructions for Carriages to...
By the Brig Missoury arrivd yesterday from Philadelphia I received Letters from our friend Mr. Barclay with instructions to facilitate all in my power Mrs. Barclays return to America. I write this Post to Mrs. Barclay advising her the arrival of the above ship and transmit her a remittance to discharge her engagements and defray her Expences to this Post where I shall retain the Vessel and...
I have to acknowledge the receipt of your favor of the 17 Ulto. Under the Guard of the Prevost I found the Men mentioned in the Letter of Le. Cte. de Montmorin. One of them was an Englishman who had no claim to the protection of America, the Other an Irishman but who served part of the Campaign in the American Army and say’s married in Virginia. This man I took out and obtaind a passage on...
Bordeaux, 19 Apr. 1788 . Acknowledges TJ’s letters of 22 Feb. and 3 Mch.; forwarded TJ’s letter to Pichard; hearing nothing from Pichard, wrote him and received the enclosed reply. The “Vins d’hautbrion belonging to Monsr. Le Cte. De fumel” are esteemed as next in quality and a few hogsheads of this of the 1784 vintage are available. Has received “two Cases vin de frontignac from Mons....
I am honord with your favor of the 22 february ulto. inclosing a Letter for President Pichard which I have forwarded to him at Liburn, the residence of our Parliament. The last post brought me a Letter from Mons. Lambert de frontignan advising his having forwarded to my care two Cases of his Wine for Mons. Le Cte. de Moustier at N. York. To avoid troubling Mess. Elie Lefebre at Rouen I address...
Since mine of the 28 nov. I am honor’d with your favors of the 18 and 31 Decr., the first covering a Letter to M. D’Yquem, that estate at present belongs to the Comte de Lur his son in Law to whom I inclosd your Letter, to which you have inclosed his answer. I have receivd from him five Cases of his wine and have shipt them on board the Actif for Rouen. They goe addrest to the care of Mr. Elie...
I receivd in due course your favor of the 13 Instant, the Vin de frontignan for Monsr. le Comte de Moustier shall be carefully forwarded to New York by the first vessel after its arrival here. The American Ships to this have not been subjected to report the contents of their Cargoes inwards nor to take out specified clearances of their outward Cargoes, that no registres have preserved any...
I have the honor to transmit you the State of Imports of Tobacco from the United States to this Port from 1 January 1786 to 24 Sept 1787, since which are arrived four or five Vessels principally for account of the Contractors. I have divided the State in two parts the one containing the Imports on private Account the other from Mr. Morris, on Account of his Contract. We have arrivals that left...
Bordeaux, 12 Oct. 1787. Finds the return made by the farmers-general, enclosed in TJ’s letter of 5 Oct. , accurate; the register of the farmers does not indicate the nationality of the ships in which tobacco was imported so he cannot ascertain how much came in French or American ships, only that “the whole has been brought from America”; the “Tare is taken net the Hogsheds being stript as...
Bordeaux, 10 Oct. 1787 . All workmen in the public dockyards “are taken up and put forward”; 3,000 seamen have been ordered from that place; war appears “not far distant”; many private American ships are in Europe; their seamen will be pressed into service “on one side or other”; few will be “found for the American Navigation.” Has been advised by an inhabitant of Quebec who arrived two days...
At my return from the Country I found the inclosed letter on my Desk which I omitted in mine of the 21st. Ulto. Every appearance here bespeaks preparatives for offensive or deffensive measures. All the workmen in the different branches of the Marine Service are took up and sent to the different arsenals and orders are come to the Marine Board not to grant any more seamen leave to embark til...
Bordeaux, 21 Sep. 1787 . Acknowledges TJ’s letter of 9 Sep. ; is returning a letter sent under his cover for Thomas Blanchard, who was first employed, at Bondfield’s request, by a French firm “and that with a view of drawing the Americans from the British line in which throu the influence of the English ship Broker who they all apply too as speaking their Language confounds and makes appear as...
The fermentation has spread from the Capital to the Provinces who in return furnish fresh heat to animate the Capital. Our Parlement is translated to an inland Town, their Arets and resolves as also them of other Parlements are pointed to Capital reforms, this parlement attack directly the illegality and undue presumption in administration Issueing of Lettres de Cachets in any case whatever,...
Bordeaux, 13 Aug. 1787 . Introduces “Mr. Lennox,” of Charleston, S.C., who has been in Bordeaux, is now proceeding to Paris, and is an American travelling as a private citizen with a view to enlarging his commercial connections. RC ( DLC ); 2 p.; endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 12 Sep. 1787, “by Lenox.”
Bordeaux, 17 July 1787. Encloses an arrêt concerning Thomas Barclay which is “couched in terms so offensive to the parties interested” that it throws “a heavy imputation” on all who interested themselves in his behalf “in his Official capacity.” Bondfield is especially pointed out as having misled the authorities. Although Barclay’s Moroccan mission is at an end, his person is still protected...
Mr. Barclay wore down by the inflexable obstinacy of his cruel persecutors who cease not to raise interest to excecute their inhuman projects, flatter’d himself to receive thro your interest a safe Conduct for himself and his partner Mr. Loreille. This engaged his remaining here from Poste to Poste. He communicated to me your letter to him under cover to Mess. Feger. From the contents I...
I have the honor to transmit you inclosed Bill of Loading for Sixty three Cases of Arms shipt on board the Sally Captain Gilkinson for Virginia. The Ship sails to morrow and is a good Vessel and will I hope arrive safe. By the Ship I transmit the Inspectors Certificate with the Invoices received from the Manufactory and the Bill of Loading to His Excellency the Governor of Virginia. I shall...
[ Bordeaux, 16 Jan. 1787. Recorded in SJL as received 21 Jan. 1787. Not found; but see St. Victour & Bettinger to TJ, 23 Jan. 1787 .]
Having sent to take out the clearances at the Custom house for the arms that I proposed to ship to Day on board the Ship Marquis de lafayette bound to Norfolk, The Receiver with whom lays the duty to expedidite the proper papers refused to grant the clearance alledging that the signature of the Controleur General on the face of the Passport was indispensable to enjoy the privaledges granted. I...
[ Bordeaux, 11 Nov. 1786. Recorded in SJL as received 15 Nov. 1786. Not found.]
By mine of the 14 Instant I advised of my having given two drafts on you, favor Monsieur Dumez, together amounting to two Thousand Livres. If they have not been presented for payment I pray you to refuse payment of them having cause to suspect the due application for which they were intended. I have the honor to be respectfully Sir your most obedient Humble Servant, RC ( DLC ); addressed;...
Bordeaux , 14 Oct. 1786. Expects the “Intendant General” to arrive in a few days; will immediately procure clearance for the 34 cases now ready and any others which may arrive; will ship on the Commerce if she is still in port. Asks TJ to honor two drafts: one for 498 livres for articles shipped for his personal account; the other for 1,502 livres for his advances for shipping the arms for...