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NASHVILLE, January 3, 1831. GENTLEMEN: I am requested by the manufacturers of salt at Kanawha to obtain from you answers to the following questions, viz:

1st. What was the current price of salt at Nashville in 1816?

2d. Has the price of salt been gradually reduced in Nashville since the year 1816?

3d. Was Kanawha salt sold in Nashville, in April and May last, at sixtytwo and a half cents per bushel?

4th. What is the present price of Kanawha salt per bushel? 5th. Has the quality of Kanawha salt been improved within the last few

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6th. Does Kanawha salt answer the general purposes of the community about Nashville?

7th. Has there been generally, for several years past, a full supply of Kanawha and other domestic salt in Nashville?

8th. Is it the custom to reweigh and deduct the tare when Kanawha and other domestic salt is sold in Nashville?

9th. In selling foreign salt in Nashville, is it the custom to reweigh, measure, or sell by the sack?

Your answers to the above questions will be regarded as a singular favor by the manufacturers of salt at Kanawha, as well as by myself.

I am, gentlemen,
With high esteem,

Yours, &c.,

WILLIAM DICKINSON, Messrs. SAMUEL SEAY & Co.

Ist. We have no distinct recollection about the price of salt in 1816, but think it varied. In 1817, ’18, '19, and '20, we know salt sold in Nashville at from two to three dollars per bushel of fifty pounds.

2d. The price of salt has gradually declined since 1820
3d. It was.
4th. Sixty-two and one-half cents.
5th. It has very much.
6th. It does in every respect.
7th. There has been a plentiful supply.
sth. We have always weighed all the salt we have sold, (domestic).
9th. We have never weighed or measured foreign salt.

Very respectfully,

Your friends,

SAMUÉL SEAY & CO.

NASHVILLE, January 3d, 1831. GENTLEMEN: I am requested by the manufacturers of salt at Kanawha to obtain from you answers to the following questions, viz:

1st. What was the current price of salt in Nashville in 1816?

2d. Has the price of salt been gradually reduced at Nashville since the year 1816?

3d. Was Kanawha salt sold in Nashville, in April and May last, at sixty. two and a half cents per bushel?

4th. What is the present price of Kanawba salt per bushel?

5th. Has the quality of Kanawha salt been improved within the last few years?

6th. Does Kanawha salt answer the general purposes of the community about Nashville?

7th. Has there been generally, for several years past, a full supply of Kanawha salt and other domestic salt in Nashville?

8th. Is it the custom to reweigh and deduct the tare when Kanawha and other domestic salt is sold in Nashville? .

9th. In selling foreign salt in Nashville, is it the custom to reweigh, measure, or sell by the sack?

Your answers to the above questions will be regarded as a singular favor by the manufacturers of salt at Kanawha, as well as by myself. . . I am, gentlemen, most respectfully, yours, &c.,

JOHNSTON ARMSTRONG. Messrs. JOHNSON and RAYBURN.

, : NASIVILLE, January 5th, 1831. Sır: We herewith reply to the following questions of yours, here annexed:

In answer to the 1st and 2d questions, we have to say, that we were not in business in the year eighteen hundred and sixteen.

3d Q. Kanawha salt was sold in Nashville, in April and May last, at 62) cents per bushel.

4th Q. The present price of Kanawha salt is 624 cents per bushel. 5th Q. Kanawha salt has been greatly improved within the last few years: 6th Kanawha salt answers the general purposes of the community. 7th Q. There has been generally a full supply.' . ' 8th ē It is customary to reweigh, and deduct 26lbs. of each barrel. 9th . It is generally customary to sell by the sack. . We remain yours, &c.,

JOHNSON & RAYBURN Mr. Johnston ARMSTRONG.

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... . . NASHVILLE, January 3d, 1831. GENTLEMEN: I am requested by the manufacturers of salt at Kanawha to obtain from you answers to the following questions, viz:

Ist. What was the current price of salt in Nashville in the year 1816?.

2d. Has the price of salt been gradually reduced at Nashville since the year 18167

3d. Was Kana wha salt sold at Nashville, in April and May last, at sixty-. two and a half cents per bushel?

4th. What is the present price of Kanawha salt per bushel?

5th. Has the quality of Kanawha salt been improved within the last few years?

6th. Does Kanawha salt answer the purposes of the country generally about Nashville?

7th. Has there been generally, for several years past, a full supply of Kanawha and other domestic salt in Nashville?

8th. Is it the custom to reweigh and deduct the tare when Kanawha and other domestic salt is sold in Nashville?

9th. In selling foreign salt in Nashville, is it the custom to reweigh, measure, or sell by the sack?

Your answers to the above questions will be regarded as a singular favor by the manufacturers of salt at Kanawha, as well as a source of gratification to myself. I am, gentlemen, your obedient servant,

JOHNSTON ARMSTRONG. . Messrs. JAMES Woods & Co.

NASHVILLE, 3d January, 1831. DEAR SIR: In answer to your first two questions, we have to state, that we were not in business in this place so far back as 1816: we commenced business here in July, 1824; and, from a reference to our books, find that we sold Kanawha salt that season at one dollar and fifty cents per bushel of 50 pounds.

3d. Kanawha salt was sold in this place in April and May last at 624 cts. 4th. Kanawha salt is at this time selling at 624 cents..

5th. The quality of Kanawha salt has been considerably improved within the last few years.

6th. Kanawha salt is generally preferred in this section of country to any other salt.

7th. We answer in the affirmative.

Sth. It is uniformly the practice to reweigh and deduct the tare, when Kanawha and other domestic salts are sold in this market.

9th. It is generally the practice, in this market, to sell foreign salt by the sack; it is very fairly sold by the bushel.

Your obedient servants,

JAMES WOODS & CO. Johnston ARMSTRONG, Esq.

LOUISVILLE, Ky., December 30, 1830. At the request of the manufacturers of salt at Kanawha, Virginia, we, the undersigned subscribers, do certify (after making the necessary inquiries at the commission houses, &c., in this city) that there has been introduced into this market, since the 1st of January last, about twenty-nine thousand five hundred sacks of foreign salt, which averaged about two and a quarter bushels to each sack; making about sixty-six thousand bushels, (50lbs. to a bushel.)

We do further certify, that the freight on foreign salt from New Orleans to this market has been from thirty-five to forly-five cents, and that forty cents has been generally the average freight per hundred weight, on the said article, within the last year and a few months previous; which information is derived from the captains of steamboats, as well as from the commission merchants, &c., in this city. Witness our hands.

B. I. HARRISON..

STARK FIELDER.STATE OF KENTUCKY, 2..

Jefferson County, So

I, William Tompkins, a justice of the peace for the said county, do certi. fy that Benjamin I. Harrison and Stark Fielder, whose names are subscribed to the foregoing affidavit, this day came personally before me, and made oath to the statements therein contained; and I further certify, that the said Harrison and Fielder are persons of intelligence and veracity. Given under my hand this 30th day of December, 1830.

W. TOMPKINS, J. P. J. C.

LOUISVILLE, Ky., December 30, 1830. At the request of the manufacturers of salt at Kanawha, Virginia, we, the undersigned subscribers, do certify (after making the necessary inquiries at the commission houses, &c., in this city,) that foreign salt has sold for (since the 1st January last) from sixty cents to one hundred cents per bushel (50lbs. to the bushel) in sacks, at this market

We further certify, that domestic or Kanawha salt has sold regularly, within said time or period, at from forty-five to fifty cents per bushel (50lbs. to the bushel) in barrels, tare taken off, at the same market. Witness our hands.

B. I. HARRISON.

STARK FIELDER. STATÉ OF KENTUCKY,) .

Jefferson county. 3

I, William Tompkins, a justice of the peace for said county, do certify that Benjamin I. Harrison and Stark Fielder, whose names are subscribed to the foregoing affidavit, came personally before me, and made oath that the statements therein contained are true. And I further certify, that said Harrison and Fieliler are persons of intelligence and veracity. Given under my hand this 30th day of December, 1830.

W. TOMPKINS, J. P, J. C.

CONGRESS

ALEXANDRIA CANAL.

JANUARY 31, 1831.

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Mr. MERCER, from the Committee on Internal Improvements, made the

following

REPORT: The Committee on Internal Improvements, to whom was referred the memorial of the Alexandria Canal Company, praying such aid as Congress muy be pleased to grant towards the construction of the said canal, have had the same under consideration, and have agreed on the following report:

That the memorialists are believed to represent the wishes, not only of the stockholders of the Alexandria Canal Company, but, as they assure the committee, of the entire population of that once thriving seaport of the commonwealth of Virginia, in asking the aid of Congress towards the construction of a branch from the Chesapeake and Ohio canal to their harbor.

In addition to the facts and reasoniag set forth in their memorial, and its accompanying documents, which are made part of this report, (App. A.) the committee have subjoined the proceedings of the memorialists and their fellow-citizens, preparatory to their corporate as well as individual subscriptions to the stock of the Chesapeake and Ohio canal, which are to be found in a report of a former committee of this House, (App. B.) and a letter to a member of this committee from a merchant of extensive dealings, who has been for many years engaged in the commerce of Alexandria. (App. C.)

From these documents, and a view of the past and present condition of the markets of the District of Columbia, and their relative dependence on the country to which they respectively look for their supplies, the following facts are deducible. .

"That the town and county of Alexandria were ceded to the United States, in the year , by the commonwealth of Virginia, accompanied by a grant of 120,000 dollars, to aid in the construction of the public edifices of the federal government, of which the District of Columbia is in fact a political institution, erected for the seat of that government, and subject to its exclusive legislation.

While the cession created a dependence of the people of the District upon Congress, as their sole legislature, it established relations between the Bigtrict and the rest of the Union, which are the source of mutual obligations.

The town of 'Alexandria, at this period, possessed an extensive commerce in bread stuffs and other commodities. Of the former, it derived a considerable part of its supplies by water, through the navigation of the Potomac,

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