From Elias Vanderhorst, 10 July 1801
Bristol July 10th. 1801
I had the pleasure of writing to you on the 12h. of May last with duplicate, since which I have not been honored with any of your favors.
Enclosed you will be pleased to receive Accts. of all the Imports & Exports, by American Vessels, which have taken place within my District—for the half year ending the 30th. Ultmo. I likewise enclose you a few of our latest News–Papers and also a London Price Current, to which I beg leave to refer you for what is now passing here of a Public nature.
The growing Crops of every Kind in this Country are at present ⟨e⟩xtremly Promising, and if the Season for the Harvest proves favorable the produce of them will in all probability be very abundant, ⟨bu⟩t notwithstandg. this flattering appearance and the vast Importations of Grain, Flour &C. that we have had & which still continues, the price of each has Just advanced again after the great fall which they had so recently experienced.
I am sorry to say that the State of my Health for some time past, has been such as to render it necessary for me frequently to Visit Bath for a few days. I have therefore, in order to guard against any interruption to my Consular Affairs at such times, thought proper to appoint Mr. Richard Vigor, my Secretary, to be my Agent for transacting them at any Period when I may be absent, well Knowing from the long experience I have had of his care & attention to business that I can fully & Safely depend upon him. At foot hereof you have his Signature in case a reference to it should at any time here after be necessary. I have the Honor to be with great Respect, Sir, Your most Obt. & most Hle Servt.
Elias Vander Horst
The Hand Writing of Richard Vigor.