[Coffee, Tobacco, Cotton etc., Import/Export Trade with America:] Bremen 10, Dec. 1800. Craving Your Reference to our circular… [opening lines of circular letter with price list]
With price list of imports from the United States including goods from New Orleans, Maryland, Georgia, New England, and the Carolinas
Signed 18th century circular letter and price list from Frederick and Everhard Delius, merchants of Bremen.
The firm imported food goods and other commodities from the United States and exported European textiles, iron, steel, copper and glassware. Particular attention is paid in the letter to imported American-made products and to linens exported back to the United States:
... What we have chiefly to recommend to our friends in their shipments of this article [coffee] to our market, is a particular choice of the quality. This is indeed an object, which is generally too little attended to in AMERICA… Our purchasers make very nice distinctions in the qualities, as is clearly proved by the proportion of the prices, for which reason we advise always to send the best fine green COFFEE… MARYLAND TOBACCO commands a rapid sale. The superior qualities thereof have taken a remarkable start during the last months… VIRGINIA TOBACCO has supported its price… The exportation of LINNENS to the UNITED STATES has been but comparatively small this year, and as we have been plentifully supplied with all kinds thereof…our maket held out very lucrative opportunities to the purchasers this fall. ... [emphases in original]
A list of “Prices – Current” includes “Imports from the U.S. with their neating in British Sterling, at the exchange of 510 Rt. pr. £100. Sterl, all charges, except freight and Insurance deducted.”
Imported goods include cotton from Georgia & New Orleans; Maryland, Virginia, and Georgia tobaccos; rum from New England; and indigo from “Carol. & N. Orleans.” Other commodities include coffee from Java and the Caribbean; cocoa; peppers; pearl ashes; logwood; Carolina Rice; white Cuban sugar from “Havannah;” whale oil; and Nankeens, a type of Chinese cloth, imported from “East India.”
The circular letter makes a very current reference to the Napoleonic Wars. It mentions the “congress at LUNEVILLE” and the lack of a promise of peace. Indeed, the circular is dated just three days after the defeat of the Austrian army at the Battle of Hohenlinden and a few months before the 1801 Treaty of Lunéville.
Description: [Coffee, Tobacco, Cotton etc., Import/Export Trade with America:] Bremen 10, Dec. 1800. Craving Your Reference to our circular… [opening lines of circular letter with price list]
Bremen [Germany], December 10, 1800. pp. Printer Circular with Manuscript additions. Laid paper with watermark “D & C Blauw”. Closed tears and losses at fore-edge margins, affecting a few words, but not sense; otherwise very good.