January 11, 1798
Msrs Brown and Ives,
I wrote you on the 6th and 9th insts. by the brig dispatch; Cap'
Rinker via Philadelphia which letter I hope may safely arrive. I
have now to advise you, the ship was discharged this day. The
salt is promised us. Our assessment will be made out tomorrow
and presented for payment and doubt not it will be punctually
honored when presented and at present see not the least obstacle
to prevent our leaving the 17th with wind and weather
In my last, I mentioned that I had it in
contemplation to remit the proceeds of my cargo in the same
manner as last voyage. At present I am of same opinion, but
would advise you in time in regards to insurance. French
Privateers have here sent in home prizes to the
As that coast is thoroughly guarded by
English business, probably more of them will be sent in ere
long. The French, I think will never pretend to molest an
American vessel loaded with salt if the vessel is protected by
the best of papers legally attested to.
The United States almost went to war with France during this
period over the depredations of French Privateers and
impressments of American Seamen. Eventually we did get in a war
(War of 1812) over this issue, but with the British, who were
also engaged in stopping our ships on the high seas and
impressing our sailors into their service.
Tobacco at this period would answer
exceptionally well at any market in Europe. At Bordeaux, I have
been credibly informed it has been sold at 50 crowns the
At Gibraltar it commanded 40 dollars. In Spain we learned it was
formerly perpetual slavery to carry and land, it is now
permitted to be sold. The King purchases and gives 40 dollars a
with liberty to carry the dollars from the
Kingdom, but how long this license will last, no probable time
can be set.
It is my opinion, a cargo of tobacco will answer well to be
delivered in April or May next, either at Gibraltar or Spain. If
so, I am entirely without doubt you will answer at this place by
Captain Cunningham who sails from Boston on the 14th.
shall advise you of the sailing of our own cargo and amount of
it. & depend Gentlemen, I shall write you every conveyance. I
shall use all dispatch of economy it requires, etc.
I am Gentleman your
Please inform my parents , I am well.
Our rice sold at $4,600
The Portuguese inventoried, delivered from on board at the
invoice weight & (-?????-).