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Notes on a Conversation with Comte de Vergennes, 1785 December 09, n.p.

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Author: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Abstract: Summarizes the state of trade between the United States and France, which both he and Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes, wish to expand; as of now, American trade is chiefly with Great Britain; reviews the staples America could export to France, whale oil and tobacco being the most profitable and the most desired by the French; records French complaints about the alleged disregard by American merchants of trade regulations the "tardy" administration of justice by U.S. authorities; Jefferson hopes that the control of the tobacco trade will be removed from the Farrmers General; if "reasonable conditions of commerce" cannot be reached with Great Britain and equitable trade is thus impossible, it may have behoove the United States to trade exclusively with France.
Issued Date: 1785-12-09
Subjects: Vergennes, Charles Gravier, comte de, 1719-1787
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/15002
Citation: Tucker-Coleman Papers: Series 2 Thomas Jefferson Correspondence, Special Collections Research Center, Swem Library, College of William and Mary.


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