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Letter, 9 July 1788, of J.J. Berard (Brittany, France)
        to Peter Taylor (Whitehaven, England)
    A gift to the SCL Manuscripts Division announced in 2005

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Letter, 9 July 1788, to Peter Taylor, Whitehaven (Cumberland County, England), from J.J. Berard, a merchant, in L’Orient, a free port in Brittany, France, evidences the eighteenth-century economic ties between South Carolina and France.

Berard was an agent through whom Peter Taylor transacted business with South Carolina and here writes about “choice Carolina rice,” prime James River (Va.) tobacco, beeswax, and fish oil as well as monies due Taylor from Edward Rutledge “of Charleston” that Berard had in his possession.

The letter encloses a printed “Prices Current” bearing the same date as his letter, with manuscript annotations concerning imports from America and exports to America. The verso of Berard’s letter contains a note written by Peter Taylor’s wife, Is[abella], as she forwarded the letter to Taylor. L’Oreint, in Brittany, was a free port and as such a thriving entrepot for duty-free and smuggled goods.

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