Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Auldjo, 14 September 1801

From Thomas Auldjo

Cowes 14 Septemr 1801

Honble Sir

Having had the honor & advantage of your friendship & protection now for a considerable number of years it would very ill become me to be indifferent to your concerns whether publick or private—

Your late elevation to the highest Station in the United States has given me the greatest satisfaction & as I am certain the publick good will be always in your view & intention so I trust that will receive the gratefull cooperation & assistance of all well disposed men in the execution of your arduous undertaking at this perilous moment—

The navigation of the United States had been for a considerable time uninterrupted in these parts; lately it has received a little check in my neighbourhood here by the detention & sending into port of sundry ships from the U.S. with valuable Cargoes going into Havre de Grace the Blockade of which has been overlooked by the Merchants with you—I gave immediate information of this business to Mr King & I hope the representation made by him in consequence will procure the release of the Ships detained—

We have had an abundant crop of all grain this season, but the effects have hitherto not been felt in the beneficial manner expected—the reduction of the price of wheat has only reached 14/ the Winchester bushel & altho we may think from the abundance of the crop well saved that we have a right to expect a greater reduction in price, yet I am of opinion that from the Old Stock having been quite exhausted, the price for the year will not go Under 12/ per bushel

I beg leave to add my best wishes for your health & prosperity & that I am with great truth

Honble Sir Your much obliged & very obedient Servt

Thomas Auldjo

RC (MHi); at foot of text: “Honble Thos Jefferson &c &c &c”; endorsed by TJ as received 31 Oct. and so recorded in SJL.

Advantage of your friendship: Thomas Auldjo, appointed vice consul at Poole in 1791 by George Washington, was a merchant of distinction in Cowes, England (JEP description begins Journal of the Executive Proceedings of the Senate of the United States … to the Termination of the Nineteenth Congress, Washington, D.C., 1828, 3 vols. description ends , 1:76; Vol. 27:95; Vol. 29:583–4).

Information of this business to Mr King: on 29 Aug., Rufus King wrote the British foreign secretary, Lord Hawkesbury, that the blockade of Le Havre was not well known in America and cited the case of the American ship Frederick, which had been detained off the port of Le Havre and sent into Portsmouth. King inquired which French ports were blockaded by the British so that he could send notice to America. He also wanted to renew the instructions that they turn away rather than detain American vessels met on passage to such ports (King, Life description begins Charles R. King, ed. The Life and Correspondence of Rufus King: Comprising His Letters, Private and Official, His Public Documents and His Speeches, New York, 1894–1900, 6 vols. description ends , 3:505–7).

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