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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: 1

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

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