Thomas Jefferson Papers

I. Sources and Amounts of Rice Imports into France, 1788

I. Sources and Amounts of Rice Imports into France, 1788

Importation de Riz pendant l’année 1788
Quintaux
D’Espagne et les Etats en dependans 61. 44
Du Portugal 36. 5
Du Etats du Roi de Sardaigne 41,363. 90
De Génes 11,176. 60
Du Milanois et Toscane 695. 50
Etat Ecclésiastique 60. 4
Naples, Sicile et Parma 1. 77
Venise 243. 88
Le Levant et l’Empire Ottoman 24. 71
L’Angleterre 15,127. 55
La Hollande 3,342. 73
Les Etats-Unis de l’Amerique 7,193. 44
Les Etats de l’Empereur en Allemagne et Flandre 2,227. 76
Les Suisses, ses Alliés et Geneve 53. 50
81,608. Qx. 87 l.

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 46: 7806); in a clerk’s hand, with notation at foot of text in TJ’s hand: “furnished me by M. Dupont”; endorsed by TJ: “Rice. Importation of into France.” Tr (DLC: TJ Papers, 46: 7805); in Short’s hand; endorsed by TJ: “Rice.” PrC from another Tr (DLC: TJ Papers, 52: 8809). Copies of these statistics were forwarded not only to Izard but also to Rutledge, Ramsay, and Cutting (see under 18 and 24 Sep. 1789).

There are in DLC: TJ Papers other notes by TJ bearing on consumption, cost, &c. of rice: (1) A memorandum showing the consumption of rice in Paris, as follows:

“1782 311,132£
1783 356,661 
1784 1,090,068 
1785 704,706 
1786 949,341 
3,411,908

Le Cinquieme 682,381 ⅗” (same, 236: 42389; endorsed by TJ: “Rice. Consumption of it in Paris”). (2) A memorandum on costs:

  • “Rice in Carolina 10/ sterl. the Amercan 100 ℔.
  • At Nantes 16.livre tournois the French 100 ℔.
  • At Havre 22.livre tournois
  • At Paris 50livre tournois retailing price
  • At Bourdeaux 23.livre tournois the French 100.℔
  • Rice cost in Carolina the beginning of 1787. 15/6 sterl. the American hundred”

(same, 36:6201). It is possible that these estimates were obtained in 1787 for use at that time (see TJ to Rutledge, Drayton, and Izard, under 14 and 30 July, 1 Aug. 1787; also notes on the rice trade printed under 15 July 1787).

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