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order to derive superior advantages from it; a disposition which causes the knowledge of the state of most branches of foreign trade to be confined to those immediately engaged therein. Every communication of particulars collected on the spot, by intelligent persons unbiased by interested views, becomes therefore peculiarly valuable, and we feel pleasure in pointing out to our commercial readers much information of this kind in the Journal of the Duke de la Rochefoucault's travels in the United States of America and Canada. By his account of the latter place, it appears, that the fur trade with this country is of less value and importance than is generally believed; and that a considerable contraband trade in this article is already carried on in the United States, the chief agents in which are Canadian merchants; also that this contraband trade, which they encourage on the river St. Lawrence, may likewife be carried on, without such assistance, with the United States, on Lake Erie, as well as on several points of the banks of Lake Ontario ; and that the surrender of the fort ū. the

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