Letter from François, Marquis de Barbé-Marbois
Barbé-Marbois, François, marquis de, 1745-1837
Volume 17, Pages 161-162
D. MARBOIS TO THE HONBL. SAM'L HARDY.
Philadelphia, 15th July, 1784.
Since the conclusion of the peace many merchants of the United States, have made
adventures to China and they are in a disposition to renew them and to extend
that branch of commerce. But they have represented about the middle of last
year, that the thirteen States having no ports in the East that they could put
into, on their voyage to China; they requested that his Majesty would permit
them to enter into the Islands of France and Bourbon: The King informed of these
circumstances, has determined in Council, that the American Vessels should have
permission to put into those Islands where they will find every protection and
liberty. This admission Sir, will prove to the United States, that we wish to
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and facilitate their commerce and increase
as much as depends upon us, the friendship which subsists between the two
Nations. Those measures being important to the commerce of the thirteen United
States, I have not been willing to defer giving you an act. of it.
Tho' it has not been yet officially communicated to me. The Delegates
who compose the Committee of the States may in the meantime, if they think
proper inform their States of it, in a private manner.
I am with respect, &c.,
The Honbl. Sam'l Hardy,
Chairman of the
Committee of the States.