James Madison Papers

To James Madison from Samuel Smith, 29 December 1801

From Samuel Smith

Baltimore 29th. Decemr. 1801


In looking Over some Old Papers I have luckily found Mr. Dawson’s Order (which I now inclose) for the Balance that may be due to him from the United States1—you will please file the same & of Course Consider me entitled to whatever may become due from your Dept. to Mr. Dawson.

I find the following facts on Enquiry.

The Average weight of the H.hd Tobacco may be Called 1200 lb Nt. wt. The Peace freight 35/ Sterlg. Difference of Duties 18/.

The Average of weight of a Tierce of Rice may be Called 5. 1. 0.2 Peace freight 12/ Sterlg. Difference of Duties about 4/.

The Average weight (as I am informed for I have no knowledge on the subject) of the Barrel of Pot or Pearl Ashes is 3 Ct. wt. Peace freight 5/6 sterlg. ⅌ Bble. Diff of Duties  3

The Peace freight of Pitch Tar & Turpentine may be Called 5/6 Sterlg. ⅌ Barrel.

The Barrel Stave is 2 feet 8 Inches long & 5/8 thick on the Heart.

The Hhd Stave is 3 f. 8. long & ¾ Inch on the Heart.

The Pipe Stave is 4 f. 8 In long & ¾ Inch on the Heart.

I shall proceed for Washington next sunday and am sir, with real friendship & Regard your Obedt. servt.

S. Smith

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