Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from A. E. Van Braam Houckgeest, 10 April 1787

From A. E. Van Braam Houckgeest

Charleston, S. C., 10 Apr. 1787. In March of 1786, he sent from Charleston, on his brig, Amitié, Capt. Peray, among other things, three leather bundles and a small cask of snuff from Brazil which he bought in Charleston, not knowing that it was contraband in France; on arriving at Bordeaux the captain had all of the cargo unloaded, thereby proving that he had no intention of smuggling. The snuff was seized; efforts were made by his agents, without success, to recover it for re-export; but the farmers-general merely cancelled the fine and notified him that he could recover the snuff only through TJ’s intervention; applies to TJ to recover the snuff or to see that he is reimbursed for his loss.

RC (DLC); 2 p.; in French; endorsed. Recorded in SJL as received 6 July 1787.

See David Ramsay to TJ, 16 Apr. 1787, in which this letter was enclosed; and TJ to Ramsay, 8 Aug. 1787.

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