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France: Decrees on Trade 1793-1810

Trianon Tariff

General Armstrong to Mr. Smith.

Washington, December 27, 1810.

Sir:

The enclosed documents, marked 1 and 2, were intended to have made part of my last communication.  The paper entitled Avis au commerce, &c. (notice to merchants,)  contains a tariff of the new duties payable in France, and shows, besides, what are the articles admissible there.  If this paper has no other value, it will be found important from the illustration it gives to that passage of the Duke of Cadore's letter to me of the 12th of September last, in which he says that "American vessels loaded with merchandise, the growth of the American States, will be received without difficulty into the ports of France." It is also in perfect concert with the practice of the French custom-house, in the case of the ship Ida, coming from Boston with a cargo of cotton.

I am, sir, &c.

JOHN ARMSTRONG.

Hon. Robert Smith, Secretary of State.

Notice to Merchants on the Sale of the 1st of August, 1810.

           Designation.

   Tares.

      Custom-house Duties.

Oars,

      -

2 francs the 100.

Cotton of Brazil, Surinam, Cayenne, Demara, and Georgia—long staple,

6 per cent.

800 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Cotton of every other country except Naples,

6 per cent.

600 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Logwood,

      -

80 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Cocoa,

3 per cent.

1000 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Coffee in bags,

3 per cent.

400 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Coffee in casks,

12 per cent.

400 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Cigars in boxes,

12 per cent.

400 francs the 100 kill. and 80 on manufacture.

Cloves in bags,

2 per cent.

600 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Gum Arabic in bags,

2 per cent.

4 francs 8 centimes the 100 killogrammes.

Fish oil in casks,

15 per cent.

25 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Beans in hogsheads,

12 per cent.

100 centimes the 100 killogrammes.

Indigo in seroons,

6 per cent.

900 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Indigo in cases and casks,

12 per cent.

900 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Potash in casks,

12 per cent.

15 centimes the 100 francs.

Black pepper in bags,

3 per cent.

400 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Oak plank,

       -

15 centimes per cent. ad valorem.

Peruvian bark in boxes,

12 per cent.

200 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Peruvian bark in seroons,

2 per cent.

200 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Rice in barrels,

12 per cent.

10 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Rum (au litre)

       -

50 centimes le litre.

Rocou in casks,

12 per cent.

12 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Clayed sugar in boxes and casks,

12 per cent.

400 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Raw sugar in boxes and barrels,

15 per cent.

300 francs the 100 killogrammes.

Tobacco in leaf, box, or hogshead,

12 per cent.

400 francs the 100 kill. and 80 on manufacture.

Tobacco in sacs ou paniers,

2 per cent

400 francs the 100 kill. and 80 on manufacture.

Note.—The additional tenth is not comprised in the above duties.

The document, of which the above is a translation, is in print; and under the words "Custom-house duties," ("Droits de Douane,") are in manuscript the following words, viz: "by decree of the 5th August, 1810."

Decrees of the French Agents in the West Indies.

1797.    August 1.—Making horses contraband.

1797.    February 1.—Authorizes the capture of American vessels bound to certain West India islands.

1797.    November 27.—Authorizes the capture of American vessels going to, or coming from, English ports.

1805.  February 5.—Declares that all persons found on board vessels bound to, or coming from, any ports in Hispanola, occupied by the rebels, shall suffer death.

 

 

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