Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas FitzSimons’s Notes on Jefferson’s Draft Report on Commerce, [23 August 1791]

Thomas FitzSimons’s Notes on Jefferson’s Draft Report on Commerce

[23 Aug. 1791]


Besides the Articles Enumerated Receives for her own Consumption a Considerable quantity of Rice.


The prohibitions on Meals and Rice does not extend to Madeira, or the Azores, where they are Received freely.

Great Britain

Tobacco and Rice are the Articles principally Reexported.

The United Netherlands

Besides their Islands, have Colonys on the Main—Surinam, Demarara, &c. To these the produce of the US. are freely admitted-but the export is limitted to Melasses, and Rum.

Negroes are admitted, for a limitted term at the port of Havana, in Vessells of any Nation and Any Article the produce of the Island of Cuba may be exported in Such Vessells. Several from Rhode Island, has been there in the present Year with Slaves from Africa-and many from Virginia and Maryland—with Slaves from those States.

In India—

The Vessells of all Nations are Admitted—at the places held by the British, and may trade there in payment of a dutie of 10 perCt. on Import and Export.

The United Netherlands exclude the Vessells of the US. from the port of Batavia, while those of the European nations are admitted.

MS (DLC: TJ Papers, 65: 11313); in FitzSimons’s hand, except for the last nine words, which TJ undoubtedly copied from the missing final page, and two check marks TJ made in the left margin next to the notes on Spain and Portugal; undated; endorsed by TJ: “Mr. Fitzsimmons’s notes.” Enclosed in FitzSimons to TJ, 23 Aug. 1791.

For the changes TJ made to the first state of his Report on Commerce in response to FitzSimons’s memorandum, see notes 9 and 16 to Document I of a group of documents on the report, printed above under 16 Dec. 1793.

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