Affairs of the East India Company: Appendix C No. 44

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Journal of the House of Lords: Volume 62, 1830. Originally published by His Majesty's Stationery Office, London, [n.d.].

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No. 44. - Copy of a Letter from J. Backhouse Esq. to the Secretary of the Board of Controul, dated at the Foreign Office, February 18th, 1829; with One Enclosure.


With reference to the Request made by Lord Ellenborough, to be furnished with a Statement of the Quantity of Tea imported into Holland by the Americans, in each Year since 1813, I am directed by The Earl of Aberdeen to send to you, for his Lordship's Information, the Duplicate of the Report upon this Subject, which has been received from His Majesty's Consul at Rotterdam.

The Report from Washington will be forwarded as soon as it is received.

I am, &c.

(Signed) J. Backhouse.

The Secretary to the Board of Controul.

Copy of a Letter from Alexander Ferrier Esq. His Majesty's Consul at Rotterdam, to John Bidwell Esq. dated 7th October 1828.


In obedience to the Desire of The Earl of Aberdeen, communicated by your Letter of the 2d Instant, I have now the Honour to acquaint you, for the Information of his Lordship, that the Importation of Tea into this Kingdom, since the Year 1818, has been as follows:-

Years. By Citizens of the United States. By Netherlands Vessels, or for Dutch Account.
In 1818 53,154 Qr Chests. 37,381 Qr Chests.
1819 52,981 - 6,948 -
1820 59,343 - 14,029 -
1821 10,934 - 6,279 -
1822 19,037 - 8,987 -
1823 26,192 - none -
1824 6,212 - 6,811 -
1825 30,860 - 6,364 -
1826 8,004 - 37,764 -
1827 4,455 - 23,583 -
271,172 Qr Chests. 148,146 Qr Chests.

The whole Import in these Ten Years having been 419,318 Quarter Chests, and the Consumption is estimated at about 40,000 Quarter Chests per Annum.

In 1827 the Netherlands Trading Company began to import, and are now the only Dutch Importers, having Four Vessels employed in that Trade.

No Information of the foregoing Nature can be obtained in this Country from Official Sources, and as yet my Endeavours to procure satisfactory Particulars of the Imports from 1813 to 1817 have proved ineffectual; but I shall continue my Enquiries, and if successful, shall have the Honour of again addressing you upon this Subject.

I am, &c.

(Signed) Alexander Ferrier.

John Bidwell, Esq.

Superintendent of the Consular Service,

Foreign Office.

P.S.-Up to this Date there have been imported in the current Year 28,404 Quarter Chests by Netherlands Vessels, and 18,108 by Citizens of the United States.

(Signed) Alexander Ferrier.