Thomas Jefferson Papers

Thomas Jefferson to Mathew Carey, 11 December 1821

To Mathew Carey

Monticello Dec. 11. 21.

Dear Sir

The enquiries in your letter of the 1st inst. I am not able to answer with exactness from regular1 documents, but I reco[llec]t well enough the general fact that this state was heavily indebted to the merchants of Gr. Britain before the revolution that the balance of trade was against us and I suppose the debt and balance were growing with the growth of the population: since the revolution I have understood that the balance is some years against us & some years for us, the importations being of steady amount, and the exportations varying in value with the price of produce. I speak of what was the case while I was in intercourse with the world, latterly I have ceased to attend to subjects of this kind. I salute you with great esteem & respect.

Th: Jefferson

PoC (DLC); on verso of reused address cover of missing letter from Levett Harris to TJ, 27 July 1820 (see note to Harris to TJ, 29 June 1820); one word faint; at foot of text: “Mr M. Carey”; endorsed by TJ.

A missing letter from Carey to TJ of 13 Feb. 1822 is recorded in SJL as received three days later from Philadelphia.

1Word interlined.

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  • United States; trade of search
  • Virginia; and debts to British merchants search