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TO THE COMMITTEE OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS.
This will be handed you by M. Francy, who is agent for Messrs Rodrique Hortalez & Co. You will see by the bills of lading, the quantity of stores shipped by that house, and make some judgment of there considerable amount. The vessel, in which Mr. Francy sails, is loaded with stores, which were long since engaged, but by a succession of obstacles have been until this detained. I still hope they will arrive in safety, and in season to be of service. The ship will be offered you to purchase, if she suits you, and if not, it will be equally agreeable to have her returned on the owners' account. I could not say any thing of purchasing a slijp, without knowing more of her than I could know of this ; I have therefore left it to your option to pay the price demanded, or the freight ; the latter is to be what is at this time customary in vessels of such force, which not being precisely fixed, is sulmiitted to M. Chaumont, by the advice and consent of my colleagues ; it will probably be about two hundred and fifty livres per ton of goods to America, and back to France j it will not exceed that.
Messrs Rodrique Hortalez h Co. have other vessels, which will follow this in a short time, which they want to have despatched with tobacco, agreeably to what they formerly wrote you, and M. Francy goes partly on that account ; I must therefore pray you to furnish him with the means of procuring the quantity he will want for them in season. The cargo of the Therese, sent by the way of St Domingo, I hope is by this time arrived ; it was so valuable that it was thought most prudent to send it by that route, as it would run no risk in getting there, whence it might in different bottoms be got into the Continent, without the considerable risk of going direct. As the vessels of Messrs Hortalez h Co. will arrive at a time when despatch will be of the utmost consequence, they are desirous to have their cargoes ready on their arrival. By these vessels I will write you particularly on this subject, and in the meantime, have the honor to be, with the greatest respect, &tc.
- Silas Deane
- The Diplomatic Correspondence of the American Revolution. Vol. I., Jared Sparks, 1829