You will herewith receive the correspondence I had the honour to promise you. Mr. M:Clanachan is expected here in a few days from Ireland. I sent a copy of the letter respecting the Tobacco trade to Mr. Fox with information that several Irish houses had established themselves at Richmond in Virginia with the professed design of smuggling cargoes of Tobacco to the North of Ireland & that they were purchasing uninspected as well as inspected Tobacco for that purpose consequently without great care this Country (supposing the Irish propositions pass into a law) would in a great measure be supplyed with that article from Ireland. The expence of guarding the Irish coast against smuggling would be too considerable to attempt it these reasons with many others that might be adduced I apprehend to be sufficiently cogent to induce administration to reduce the impost on Tobacco.
I have the honour to be
Your Excellency’s most Obedient