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Letter from James Porterfield to Samuel Johnston
Porterfield, James
January 10, 1789
Volume 21, Pages 516-517

[From Executive Letter Book.]

Wilmington, Jan. 10th, 1789.

Several applications have been made lately to me for the Publick Tobacco in small quantities, that is by 20, 30 & 40 Hhds. at a time, for which the cash will be paid down on receiving the Tobacco at 26s 8d provided they can examine and reweigh them; one Gentleman will take two Hhds. on those terms in the course of two months, and the money paid either here or in New York. It is the

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highest price that can be had here by the single Hhd. and I believe the highest that can be had at any warehouse on the Continent. We are credibly informed that 3 Dollars is the Petersburg price. I must confess a desire to have the Tobacco disposed of in Order to put a stop to the Charge of Warehouse rent and to have an opportunity of settling my account with the Comptroller before the meeting of the next Assembly.

I am, &c.,