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COMITE DE SALUT PUBLIC 1794 - exporting to Switzerland

  • £350.00


Document Signed ("Carnot" "Charles Cochon" "Prieur d[e] l[a] m[arne]" "Lo[ui]s Guyton" "J[ean]. F[rancois]. B[ertrand] Delmas" "Merlin. d[e] d[ouai]" and one other), as members of the Comite de Salut Public, authorising Citizen Florin Delaoutre to export cloth to Switzerland and to import cotton.

 1½ pages folio in French with integral blank leaf, [Paris], 11 frimaire an 3 [1 December 1794].

An interesting document, allowing trade between the French Republic and Switzerland less than six months after the fall of Robespierre.

Based on a report from the commission on commerce and provisions, the members of the Committee authorize Citizen Florin Delaoutre, manufacturer from Roubaix near Lille to export up to 60,000 livres worth of cloth from his factory to Switzerland and to send a salesman with the goods. He is further obliged to import cotton or other raw materials to the same value. Finally, customs officials are ordered to allow free passage to Delaoutre or his agent with said goods.

Textile manufacture had suffered badly during the Revolution. Collapse in demand, and pricing restrictions which meant that some manufacturers were forced to sell cloth at less than the cost of the raw materials, bought before the law had come into force, led to much hardship. The fall of Robespierre led to some easing of the restrictions, but it was only after the rise of Napoleon, who did much to encourage French manufacturing, that things significantly improved.


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