Butler, Pierce (1744-1822) Committee report on trade and manufacture
Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00819.26
Author/Creator: Butler, Pierce (1744-1822)
Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Type: Manuscript document
Date: [ September 1787 after? ]
Pagination: 3 p. ; 33 x 21 cm.
Summary of Content: Probably unrelated to the Convention and accidentally inserted by Butler into these papers. Consists of a report requested by Jefferson as U.S. Minister to France, while in Paris, and prepared for the Charleston Chamber of Commerce. The report apologizes for its figures, ”all the Books of the Custom House being carried away by the British” when they captured Charleston in 1780.
Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815
Full Transcript: The Committee to whom was referred a Letter from the Honble. Thomas Jefferson Esqr. requesting information relative to the Conduct Exports Imports and other Commercial matters therein Contained. Having taken the same into due Consideration, and obtained such information as they were able to procure (all the Books of the Custom House being Carried away by the British) beg leave to Offer the following Report to the Chamber of Commerce., That on an Average for several years previous to the late war with Great Britain, they find the Annual Product of this State were nearly as follows--, Rice 130,000 Tierces, Indigo 500,000 lbs., Naval Stores 15,000 Barrels , Tobacco 3,000 Hogsheads, Deerskins 1,500 ditto, Beef & Pork 5,000 Barrels, Indian Corn & Pease 20,000 Bushels, Hogsheads & Pipe Staves 800,000 ------, Staved & Squared Lumber 2,000,000 Feet, Agness [?] Shingles 3,000,000, That in the Year 1771 They find the Crop of Rice then made, amounted to 130,500 Tierces were Shipped from hence as follows To Great Britain & for Foreign Markets 73,235 1/2, Portugal 14,239, Spain 1,760, Italy 222, British West Indian Islands 30,304, Foreign 975 1/2, Ports in the Continent 9,564, 130,500, Your Committee are of opinion That the Annual Products of this State will in a very few Years be as great as ever, and that the Article of Tobacco in particular will far exceed the Quantity ever made.----, By the Prohibition lately laid on our Rice to Portugal & the British proclamation preventing the Transportation of our Produce to their Islands (Except in British bottoms) as well as  the opening many markets for our produce which were heretofore restrained.--Your Committee are of Opinion that the Exports of this Country may vary, and that they probably will be Shipped to the Several Ports & in the proportions following--, 130,000 Tierces Rice} 40,000 Tierces to Great Britain, 20,000 To different ports in France, Spain & the Mediteranian [sic], 50,000 To Holland, Flanders, the Baltic Hambro & Bremen, 20,000 To the Continent & West Indies--, , 500,000 lbs. Indigo} 250,000 To Great Britain, 150,000 To Holland, Flanders the Baltic Hambro & Bremen, 10,000 To this Continent, 90,000 To the different ports in France & the Mediteranian [sic], 500,000, , 3,000 Hhds. Tobacco} 1,000 To Great Britain, 1,000 To Holland, Flanders, the Baltic Hambro & Bremen, 1,000 To Different ports in France, , 15,000 Brls. Naval Stores} 10,000 Barrels to Great Britain, 2,000 To France, Spain & the Mediteranian [sic], 3,000 To this Continent & the West Indies, , 10,000 Hhds. Deerskins} 600 Hogsheads to Great Britain, 400 To France, Holland, Flanders Hambro & Bremen , Corn, Pease, Beef & Pork as well as Lumber of all sorts (Except a small part of the Staves) were chiefly Shipped to the West Indies which is now prohibited to the British Islands except in British bottoms very little of said articles being shipped to other Islands are at most not above One Fifth part of the Lumber. The returns generally made for the Exports from this State are as follows.----, Dry Goods from Europe, Wines from France Spain & Portugal, Negroes from the Coast of Africa, Rum Sugar Molasses & Coffee} from the West Indies , But Your Committee are of opinion that the Exports of this State will be regulated by the Imports from each Country.--, The Freights from the Port are as follows., To Great Britain for Rice & Naval Stores 50/ to 60/ p Ton, Holland & other European Ports for Do. 55/ to 65/ p Ton, To all European Ports for Indigo 1/2 to 3/4 p. pound, Do. and Do. for Tobacco 30/ to 35/ p. Hhds., Do. and So. for Deerskins 25/ to 30/ p Do., for Do. in the Hair 3/4 to 1 p. pound----, Your Committee observe that as they are unacquainted with the Burthen which may be imposed on our Trade by foreign powers. They cannot point their remarks, yet they must report That the prohibition Laid on our Rice to Portugal, and being restrained from Shipping in our own Bottoms to the British West Indies are the Greatest disadvantages, and Burthen under which our Trade at Present Labours.----
Keywords/Subjects: Industry;, Rebellion;, Diplomacy;, Government and Civics;, France;, Revolutionary War;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Global History and US Foreign Policy;, Merchants and Trade;
Sub Era: Creating a New Government
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