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I have just now received the inclosed letter from Mr. James Maury which I send for your perusal. Any thing that you think in my power to do for him I will Chearfully perform it. Agreable to your desire I furnished him with every thing I thought necessary for his embarking and instructed him to take a passage from the E. Shore if he found any inconvenience in going from Hampton. The Money he...
[ Philadelphia, 30 and 31 Mch. 1784. Entry in SJL reads: “[Apr. 6.] Received Jas. Maury’s Phila. Mar. 30. 31. Turnbull, Marmie & co. 200 D.—paid F. Hopk. for Dudley£5–2–6—paid Boinod & Gaill.” From this it is not clear whether Maury wrote two letters or merely added on 31 Mch. a postscript to the letter of the preceding day. The latter is more probable. On 6 Apr. TJ also noted in his Account...
[ Place unknown, 19 Apr. 1784. Noted in SJL as received 23 Apr. 1784. Not found.]
I expect to depart in the morning in order to Embark for Liverpoole the day following. Business out of the question, I shall really be happy to have it in my power to render you any acceptable Service. In a Capital I should be more in your Line—yet even there something may occur now & then which may be worth corresponding about. If it does I shall surely do myself that pleasure. In the...
I am lately arrived here and settling in the Virginia Business. In July I left Fredericksburg, not long before when I had been in Albemarle at the Election, where I saw many of your Friends. They made a good Choice, and indeed I am happy to inform you the people have generally chosen more judiciously this year than last. At least I think so, several of Mr. Madison’s most powerful opponents...
Being lately arrived here from Virginia & fixed in the commercial Line, I beg Leave most respectfully to tender you my best Services: at the same Time assuring you, that, trade ⟨being⟩ out of the Question, I shall count myself singularly honored by your Commands and particularly obliged by your condescending to favor me with an opportunity of evincing the desire I have to be useful to you. I...
I had the honor to write to you the 17th Septr. informing you of my arrival and fixing here in the Mercantile Line; to which having had no answer and imputing it to miscarriage, the Contents were to inform you of the State of Things in Virginia. I have late letters thence advising of the Crop of Corn being so uncommonly abundant that the price was expected to be a dollar the Barrel, of Tobacco...
I had the Honor of your favor of the 24 December. Previous to this I Had been informed of the favorable Alterations you had procured in the Tobaccoe Contract, for which our Countrymen in particular are much indebted to you: as it has certainly been the Means of the Article’s maintaining, not only in Virginia, a better price than it otherwise would have done, but here also. For, as the...
I am much obliged & highly honored by your kind Letter of the 25th February —& beg Leave to repeat my wishes to be useful to you. For the News of the day I inclose your Excellency some News papers, observing to you that altho’ this Country, France & prussia are hovering over the United provinces with large Fleets & Armies, yet we hope, from the generally prevailing disposition of Europe for...
Liverpool, 25 Oct. 1787. Acknowledges TJ’s letter of 8 July [i.e., 2 July] ; “the prospect of war having materially altered the Business of Insurance in favor of American property in British Bottoms,” he may need proofs that he is a citizen of the United States; asks TJ to provide him with such documents. Is concerned that the French are not inclined to continue their former prices for...
Liverpool, 2 Dec. 1787 . Thanks TJ for his letter of 13 Nov.; is pleased that so much progress has been made in the commercial negotiations with France; hopes he will receive further details on this subject. Has observed with satisfaction “that the Diffusion of American produce directly to the various Markets of Europe has, contrary to the predictions of a Sett of malicious prophets, increased...
Since my letter of the 20th August I have the Honor of your much esteemed favor of 3 July with the Fœderalist, for which I am particularly obliged to you, as also for your very interesting Information of the State of our politicks. I now have the pleasure to hand you Sales of your eight Hhds Tobaccoe by the Venus with Account Current, the Balance of which you may draw for when you please—if...
I am long without any of your much respected favors in the letter way. You have been so obliging as to consign me some Tobo by the Cyrus & Venus which have been landed, but are not sold. Our Staple Commodity is much lowered in Value in almost every European Market, owing to the unusual Abundance of last Crop joined to as unusual meaness of quality. Yours is of the better Sorts, yet far...
I had the Pleasure to write to you the 21st August; since which, it having been suggested to me, that the Appointment of Consuls may take place ere long, I beg Leave to renew to you the Desire I have to continue the offer of my Services to my Country in that Capacity: provided the office be deemed Necessary for this port & it would not debar me from Trading. In the inclosed I have taken the...
Having already experienced the obliging Condescension with which your Excellency was pleased to honor the Offer of my Services on my settling here in the commercial Line, I am emboldened to inform your Excellency that, for two or three years previous to my Departure from Virginia, I had been a Candidate with the late Congress for an Appointment in the consular Department; but these...
Since my Respects of 6 October, I have your favor of 21 June by Mr James, who did not come here, but sent it from London. I should have been happy to have attended to him had he passed this way. It is not in my power by this opportunity to hand you Sales of your Tobaccoes by the Venus and Cyrus—this last named Consignment is under considerable Inconvenience & disadvantage for having been...
I am honored with your Letter of 15th June inclosing the Commission of Consul for this Port with which his Excellency the President has been pleased to honor me. For this flattering Mark of his Confidence I beg Leave, thro’ you, Sir, most respectfully to offer my profound Acknowlegements. But as the powers appertaining to the Consuls of the United States have not been particularly defined to...
Letter not found. Ca. 1 November 1790 Mentioned in JM to Ambrose Madison, 2 Jan. 1791 . Reports that the European tobacco market is glutted. Recommends a delay in further shipments if possible.
Liverpool, 1 Nov. 1790. Wrote him on 9 Sep. and on 25 Oct. received TJ’s letter of 26 Aug. Will pay particular attention to instructions and conform to them “as nearly as in my Power.” For some months they had expected to be relieved of the suspense “relative to the War with Spain. But now the warlike preparations, already so great, continuing to augment, the prevailing Opinion of the Day...
On the 6th Instant I had the Honor to inform you of the Convention between Spain and this Country. On this Day the ports of Britain are Shut against the Importation of foreign Wheat and Flour at the low Duties until the 28th February:—after which they will remain so or be opened as prices shall govern. I have the Honor to be with much Respect Sir your most obt St, RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD );...
I was honored on the 4th. past with your letter of 23rd. Decr. covering packets for Joshua Johnston Esqr. of London, and Messrs. Willink, Staphorst & Hubbard of Amsterdam, which were forwarded in the manner you directed. I am in great hopes of soon receiving the Act you allude to in your letter of 26th. August; untill then I shall remain in doubt as to many things. I am frequently applied to...
Liverpool, 23 June 1791 . He has received none of TJ’s letters since his of 2 Mch. Sends the corn law, just “finished.” Many expect it will be amended more favorably to foreign countries before it goes into operation. In accordance with TJ’s of 26 Aug. he has required particulars of masters. “Some conform, but many will not.” He will continue to make requisitions, but has not applied to civil...
Liverpool, 12 July 1791 . Since his of the 23rd he has received TJ’s of 1 and 13 May. He will attend particularly to the matter Mr. Coxe desired. Far from thinking himself neglected, he was aware TJ’s time was “much engrossed by more important concerns” than writing.—Two American vessels, chartered in Virginia for Guernsey, delivered their tobacco there and came here to take freights home,...
I return you my best Thanks for the Satisfaction I have recieved from the State papers you were so kind as to send me & I do rejoice most cordially with you on the pleasing prospect of increasing Happiness to our Country—perhaps you may be amused with the perusal of the inclosed. Our Vessells continue in a Manner to monopolize the Freights hence to America—altho they take in a price at 50 or...
Liverpool, 29 July 1791 . His last was of the 12th. He had expected to complete his six months’ report, but “the Irregularity of the Masters” prevents. He cannot furnish properly until he has “authority to compel,” and he asks TJ’s express instructions.—The two American vessels remain under seizure and arrivals still increase, having decided preference for freights in trade to U.S. though...
Liverpool, 22 Aug. 1791 . In response to his application to the Treasury in behalf of vessels mentioned in his last letter, he has received and encloses their decision.—[P.S.] 9 Sep. 1791 . Morning’s post brings London Gazette with information dated at Petersburg 17 Aug. of signing of preliminaries of peace between emissaries of Empress and King of Sweden, the only condition being that the...
Liverpool, 14 Sep. 1791 . He last wrote to TJ on 22 Aug.—British ports are closed to foreign wheat, and in this district many American vessels have experienced difficulties primarily because of “excess of spirits.” All but three of them have been released without great expence, though not without injury to their owners. The brig Betsey , commanded by Captain Salter of Portsmouth, New...
Liverpool, 10 Nov. 1791 . Since his of 14 Sep. he has received TJ’s of 30 Aug. 1791, and now attends to it. “The Irregularity of the Masters of our Vessells, as I have mentioned before, prevented my furnishing the particulars you required.” Trade with this port increases greatly, ninety-six American vessels having sailed from here this year. Only half that number have left other ports in his...
Since my Respects of 29th July I have recieved 2 Hhds of your Tobaccoe ⅌ Venus—landed—the Success is just arrived with another. I thank you for these Consignments—your Draft in favor Philips & C for £21 is honored. Our Virginia Staple is so far mended as to have better Demand of late, tho’ with very little amendment of price. I again repeat my Recommendation that you give Directions to have a...
I am much obliged to you for the papers & pamphlet you sent me by the Grange, wch. have afforded me much Entertainment. I am happy to see the malicious predictions of the lying prophet so completely counteracted by the prosperity of the Country he took so much pleasure in debasing & vilifying by Invective. Whenever any Thing here presents that promises Entertainment to you in that way, I shall...
Liverpool, 9 Apr. 1792. He has not written since 10 Nov. last because since then little material has happened and he has been unable to provide a better account of American trade in his district last year.—He has received his set of the acts of Congress and needs four more for the use of his agents at other ports.—This port still excludes foreign wheat and flour.—Masters of American vessels...
Liverpool, 30 Apr. 1792 . He wrote to TJ on 9 Apr.—Eleven days later the National Assembly approved Louis XVI’s proposal to declare war on the King of Hungary and that evening the Assembly’s decree received royal approbation. Stocks here fell by 6 to 7 ⅌ Cent from apprehension of British involvement in the war. American mariners coming to British ports should have “regular Testimonials of...
I request you to have it made known that no Tobacco-laden Vessel whatever, under one hundred and fifty Tons Register, can enter an Irish port with out being subject, with Cargo, to Confiscation; even only touching for orders to a Market, this is precisely the predicament of the Defiance Cap: Hatton touching at Cork the 26th. past for the orders of the Consignee now under seizure for being...
My last were a few Lines of 7th past. These are principally to accompany some News papers to which I refer you for what is passing on the Continent. From the fall in the British Stocks one may concieve an Aprehension of this Country being involved. Nevertheless it appears the prevailing Opinion that she will take no part. I am glad to see your House had passed the Consular Bill. I am anxious...
Liverpool, 27 May 1792 . Transmitting an extract of a 27 May 1792 letter received from Joshua Johnson in London, which said: “I had one of Lord Hawsbury’s Runners with me yesterday who declares that Sir John Temple was not instructed to publish any notification and to day I have had a Message from Mr. Burgess telling me if I would call on him he would satisfy me that no such orders had been...
Liverpool, 19 Sep. 1792. Acknowledging TJ’s letter of 31 May 1792, he encloses the bond required by the Consular Act which he desires his brother Fontaine Maury and other friends to endorse for him. He has begun a correspondence with the American minister to London, but has not settled his account with him and will lay any disallowed expenses before TJ. He encloses the price current for this...
Liverpool, 7 Nov. 1792. He last paid his respects on 19 Sep. “Inclosed are the Returns of the prices of Corn copied from the London Gazette. This port, we expect, is not to open this Month to foreign Wheat.” For other articles of our produce there has been no material deviation from his last price current. RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD ); 1 p.; at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson Esqre Secretary of State...
Liverpool, 13 Nov. 1792. He informs TJ of a proclamation forbidding “the Export of British Wheat and Flour from this Kingdom.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD ); 1 p.; at foot of text: “Thos. Jefferson Esqr Secretary of State to the United States Philadelphia”; endorsed by TJ as received 1 Feb. 1793 and so recorded in SJL .
Liverpool, 26 Nov. 1792. Despite the proclamation prohibiting the exportation of British wheat and flour that he advised of on 13 Nov., this port continues shut. News of the disaster to the American tobacco crop is generally known, but has not yet had any effect. RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD ); 1 p.; at foot of text: “Thos Jefferson Esqre. Secretary of State to the United States”; endorsed by TJ as...
Liverpool, 1 Dec. 1792. He annexes a copy of his last letter; the enclosed price current shows “the amazing Fall of Stocks.” This port will probably be opened to foreign wheat and flour on or before the next quarter day in February. He strongly recommends that American mariners in vessels bound for British ports be given “regular Documents of their Citizenship.” RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD ); 1 p.;...
Liverpool, 16 Mch. 1793 . He encloses this month’s price current at Liverpool, which remains closed to foreign wheat and flour. He lately corresponded with Pinckney on whether the irregularity of American sea captains “in furnishing the particulars required in your Instructions of the 26. Augt. 1790” requires government intervention and was advised to mention it to TJ, of whom he requests...
I have sometimes been drawn into Letters of Recommendation to you, not with my own intire aprobation, for which I beg your pardon. ’Tis tho’ by no means so on this Occasion. The Bearer the Revd Mr Toulmin goes to our Country on an Errand wherein we are so much interested, that I come forward with all my Heart & intirely of my own accord to request you particularly to favor him with your good...
Liverpool, 3 June 1793 . He encloses a price current for this place and regards the prices affixed as nominal because for three months there has scarcely been a sale of consequence as a result of the stagnation of business arising from the distresses of the commercial part of the community. RC ( DNA : RG 59, CD ); 1 p.; at foot of text: “Secretary of State to the United states of America...
Liverpool, 4 July 1793 . There has been no material change since the price current of 3 June enclosed in his last letter. He will pay special attention to the orders about the American flag in TJ’s 21 Mch. letter. His brother Fontaine informs him the bond has been effected. On 23 June the Aerial of Philadelphia, Stephen Decatur master, was seized and brought here by the Liverpool privateer...
Liverpool, 7 Sep. 1793 . He encloses a price current. On 3 Sep. the Sisters , Captain William Provoost, bound from New York to Le Havre, was brought here under suspicion of carrying French property—the fourth American ship brought here on that pretext. The courts have not determined the fate of any of their cargoes, though the ships Aerial of Philadelphia and George of Baltimore have been...
It is long since I had this pleasure. With this you have the review of last month, in which I wish you may find Something entertaining. It is with great anxiety we Wait Intelligence from America subsequent to your being informed of the Instructions from this Government to their Cruizers. Many of our Vessells have been Captured & brought in—principally from the Suspicion of there being French...
I had this pleasure the 8 November. All your Sales being now closed, I lay them before you. The 3 stemed Hhds were treated in the Manner I had several Times recommended; & I am well pleased to see they have answered my Expectations. For the News I beg to refer you to the papers wch. will be delivered to you by this opportunity. Notwithstanding the immense warlike preparations, I stil[l]...
Letter not found: from James Maury, 16 Dec. 1795 . On 26 Dec., Maury wrote to GW: “I had the Honor of addressing you the 16th Instant.”
I had the Honor of addressing you the 16th Instant. I found it more difficult to procure the peas & Vetches than I imagined & was obliged to send to London for the latter. I expect both here next week. Small as this Matter is, I have been under the Necessity of applying to the Lords of the privy Council to permit the officers of the Customs here to admit it to Entry. A punctilio, which I...
Presuming you are to be at Philadelphia as usual, I shall, by every opportunity, during the Session, endeavour to present you some Newspapers &, before this shall reach, I expect you will have received some. Conjectures on the Issue of the Pending Negociations at Paris are various. The prospects tho’ do not appear favorable to peace. During my being in Office at this place I have been induced,...