Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from the Board of Trade, 10 September 1779

From the Board of Trade

[Williamsburg] 10 Sep. 1779. Haywood offers 2,000 bushels of salt at £20 per bushel. Without salt it will be difficult to purchase tobacco because of the shortness of the present crop and the amazing depreciation of money. Without tobacco it will be impossible to procure goods. Signed by Whiting, Ambler, and Rose.

RC (CSmH); 1 p. Reply of Council, 11 Sep. 1779, written at bottom of page, expresses the opinion that only the best alum salt can be worth £20 per bushel; that no other can be bartered for tobacco; and £15 is a sufficient price for any other kind. Signed by Lt. Gov. John Page.

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