Thomas Jefferson Papers

Enclosure III: Joseph Anthony’s Table of Prices

Enclosure III
Joseph Anthony’s Table of Prices

Dried Fish. The average of 1770 to 1775 Not dumb’d Fish in 1789 to 1790
Best Cod per 112 18 /to 25/L.M. 16/ L.Money
2nd. quality 14/ to 15/ 12/ @ 13/
3rd. do. if any such 12/ @ 13/ 10/ @ 11/
4th. do if any such Scale Fish. 10/ @ 11/ 8/ @ 9/
Smoked Salmon 2/6 @ 7/b. Cask. ditto
Pickled Fish.
+ Worst Mackarel per bbl of 30 to 32 Gs. contg 224. per fish 15/ 20/
+ middling do per do 20/ 30/
+ best    do per do 30/ 42/
+ Manhaden per do 12/ 8/
+ Alewives per do 15/ 20/
+ Pickled Cod per do 25/ 20/
Pilchards per do none
+ Salmon per do 45/ 40/
Herrings Qu: per do 15/ 20/
+ Shad per do 20/ 25/
Oils vizt.
Spermaceti Oil 50/ @ 60/ 90/ @ 110/
Whale Oil Northern best 40/ @ 45/
Train Oil Southern or Brazil Not known then 40/ a 45/
Blubber 18/ 20/
Liver Oil (Tanners) 35/ 42/
Spermaceti 2/ @ 2/1 3/ 2
Headmatter £30 to £35 per Ton £45 @ £55
Whale Bone Short & Long 2/6 @ 6/ 10d. @ 2/
  • What does a bbl of pickled fish usually weigh, exclusive of the Cask[?] About 2 Cwt.
  • What does a bble of do. usually gauge[?] 30 @ 32 Gallons.

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 69: 12000–2); at head of text: “(N.B. 6/ per dollar”; in clerk’s hand; endorsed: “Mr. Joseph Anthony Price Currt.”

This may have been accompanied by another document giving “Prices in London August 27, 1790,” as follows:

Price Duty
“Whalefins, Greenland per Ton £150–0–0 } 97–18–0
South fishery  100–0–0
Whaleoil, Greenland £22 to 23 * ditto
South Fishery £16 to 17 * ditto
Spermaceti Oil, Brown £44 to 45 ditto
White £52 to 54 ditto
Seal oil, brown £21 to 22 * ditto
white  25 to 26 * ditto
Cod oil  21 to 22 * ditto

* These articles are, in effect, prohibited” (DLC: TJ Papers, 66: 11460; in hand of clerk except for note marked by asterisk, which is in that of Tench Coxe).

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