Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Elias Vanderhorst, 31 December 1792

From Elias Vanderhorst

Bristol, 31 Dec. 1792. He wrote on 24 Dec., but as the ship Charles is detained by contrary winds, he adds two newspapers. These and other accounts make it appear that England is “determined to go to war with France, an event, which should it take place, cannot, in my opinion, but be extremely injurious to both Nations—but, unfortunately for mankind in general, the Interest of the People at large, and that of their Rulers, are but too often placed in opposition, and the one sacrificed, to the emolument of the other.” The report mentioned in his last of an alliance between France and Spain is now generally discredited. Parliament has done nothing about the expected Corn Bill. The price of corn has declined a little and a further reduction is expected.

RC (DNA: RG 59, CD); 2 p.; endorsed by TJ as received 23 Feb. 1793 and so recorded in SJL. Another text, not found, is recorded in SJL as received 24 Apr. 1793. Enclosure: Price list of American produce at Bristol, 24 Dec. 1792 (MS in same; entirely in Vanderhorst’s hand and signed by him; penciled on verso by TJ: “to be copd & press copd and sent to Fenno & Freneau”).

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