Since having the honor of receiving your letter of the 14th Inst. I have been again applied to by Mr. Blount on the subject of his transporting the public Tobacco; the late arrival at Washington of one of his Brigs together with his solicitude to be finally answered on that head, causes my troubling your Excellency with this, which you will be pleased to consider a solicitation for your Instructions. Lest you should not as yet have obtained a Complete Copy of the Act of Assembly under which the Tobacco is purchased I have taken the liberty of sending you herewith enclosed an Extract which includes the whole of the duties by that Act enjoined your Excellency. I yesterday saw Mr. Jacob Blount who is immediately from New York, he says Tobacco sells there for 33/ only, and that money was not to be had for it even at that price. I shall, pursuant to your Excellency's advice, loose no time in getting down the river such Tobacco as I have already on hand.
I would now beg leave to trespass so far on your Excellency's patience to make mention of the Motives which led to my having it in Contemplation to accompany my purchases in case of their being Ordered to the Northward, which were these. Mr. Combs told me he should in case I consigned to him, charge 5 per Cent., that he would sell no man's Merchandise for less; and those are the terms which I believe he offered the other Commissioners. As to my own part I made no kind of Contract with him other than as I heretofore did myself the honor of writing you from the acquaintance I had with that Gentleman. I thought him Clever, I think him so still and should be pleased with his having the Consignment and sale of my purchases provided he would do that business on as easy terms as Others, but it seems he will not, for soon after his departure from this Country Mr. Blount wrote me that he was well satisfied Messrs. Stewart & Barr, Merchants, and of one of the most respectable Houses of Philadelphia, could sell the Tobacco to as great