Your letter of yesterday's date I have received, and make no doubt but the same will prove satisfactory to the Council. What gave rise to the Councils' suggesting the Tobacco to be damaged I believe was some that had been purchased at Tarboro, being sunk on its way to Washington. And they did not know but it might be the case—that is, the Tobacco, might be damaged in getting down the River from the other places of purchase, which induced them not to discriminate the places. I thank you for the information respecting the probability of disposing of Tobacco to the French Agent. He has made his proposals to the Board of Treasury which were transmitted here and rejected by the Council, I mean Mr. Robert Morris, of Philadelphia, who has engaged to supply the Farmers General of France with 20,000 Hhds. a year for three years. And I presume the person you mean is one of his assistants. I will be much obliged to you to enquire, and if he is not an assistant to Mr. Morris, learn his Terms and inform me.
I have written to the Board of Treasury since I wrote you last, but no answer has been returned. When I hear from them I will inform you.