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Thomas Jefferson to John Adams

8 Aug. 1786

Dear Sir Paris Aug. 8. 1786.

Your favour of July 16. came duly to hand by mr[expansion sign] Trumbul. with respect to the whale oil, tho’ this country has shewn a desire to draw it hither, & for that purpose have reduced the duties to about four guineas on the English ton, yet I do not see a probability of a further reduction at this moment. it has been much pressed, & I expect every day to receive a final determination. should it not be obtained now we have reason to expect some years \hence/ an abatement of one third, as a promise was given to the people that the \imposition of/ 10. sous per livre should not be renewed at the expiration of the term for which it was laid on, which will be about half a dozen years hence. I inclose you copies of letters received from mr[expansion sign] Carmichael, O,Brian, and Lamb. be so good as to say what answer we shall give the last about his settlement. shall we undertake the settlement? if so, where shall it be done? I will join in any thing you please as to this. taking for granted, from a message delivered by mr[expansion sign] Trumbul, that you are now in Holland, I will only add a request to send me some copies of the ratified treaty with Prussia, (which will be I hope in both languages,) and assurances of the sincere esteem & respect with which I have the honour to be Dear Sir your most obedt. humble servt

Th: Jefferson

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