James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Maury, 14 September 1802

From James Maury, 14 September 1802

Liverpool 14th. Septemr. 1802


I have the Honor of your letter of 17th. June & will make application in the manner you have been so obliging as to point out.

Wishing much to have you furnished with the particulars of Imports & Exports as per your circular of 1st. Augt. 1801, I applied to the Person who has the exclusive privilege of granting such information from this Custom House. He informed me it would so entirely occupy the time of one Clerk that he could not undertake it for less than sixty Pounds per annum. I did not consider myself warranted to pay such a sum for it, & therefore have made it out in the best manner, I could from such documents as I could obtain, & now have the Honor to inclose you a statement of them for the last six Months ending 30th. last June. I have not the means of distinguishing those in ours, from those in foreign, vessels. However the imports in the latte⟨r⟩ have been very inconsiderable & the exports a mere trifle. The number of our vessels cleared out from this port during the aforementioned period ⟨has⟩ been one hundred & one. Indeed they still possess so decided a preference for conveying the produce of this country to ours that it may be sa⟨id⟩ we monopolize that branch of the carrying trade.

I enclose an act of Parliament passed near the close of the last session, of which I was not apprized until very lately By it the permission of importing in American vessels certain articles not the produce of the U.S.A. to be warehoused for exportation, is continued until January 1804. But it is important to the Merchants to know that Cotton not the produce of the U.S.A. can no longer be admitted in our vessels for home consumption as it was during the late war. With Perfect Respect I have the Honor to be Sir Your most Obedient Servant

James Maury

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