Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Tench Coxe, 19 July 1791

From Tench Coxe

July 19th. 1791

Mr. Coxe has the honor to make his acknowledgements to Mr. Jefferson for Sir John St. Clair’s pamphlet—the last nine lines of which are as free from reason and as full of passion as anything in Lord Sheffield. The little publication relative to Scotland is curious, and in parts interesting even to the United States. Mr. Coxe begs leave to add a few facts relative to the dutch commercial regulations, the first page of which is from an eminent Dutch Merchant, here, the remainder from the same work that contained the account of the Dutch fisheries included in Mr. C’s notes of Novemr. last.

MS (DLC). Not recorded in SJL. Enclosures: (1) Information on Dutch trade restrictions indicating that an American built ship owned by a Dutch citizen may sail between Holland and all other ports except Surinam or any Mediterranean port. Also, American fish and whale and fish oil could be imported into Holland. (2) List of duties on Dutch imports and prohibited articles (in clerk’s hand; docketed by Coxe: “Some commercial regulations and duties of Ud. Netherlands”; endorsed by TJ: “Holland”; not recorded in SJL; MS in DLC).

The items from Sinclair that TJ sent to Coxe are described in Vol. 18:367n.

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