George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Capel & Osgood Hanbury, 4 April 1760

From Capel & Osgood Hanbury

London Apl 4. 1760

Esteemd Friend

We hope ours per Capt. Walker got to hand1 of whh please to ⟨mutilated⟩ Inclosd are the Sales of thy 17 Hhds DPC per ⟨the Anna⟩ to assure thee that We have taken every method that We could think of to make the most of them & had they not been out of Condition we should have got a much better price for them.2 hope the next We have will be of a fine s[c]ent & quality & that We shall have the pleasure of some ⟨JC⟩ & per all opportunitys thy Consignments will be very acceptable. The Insurance upon the Deliverance is made £200 upon 20 Hhds at 10 Gs. per Ct premm. the Ship is lost in the Bay of Biscay as soone3 as the Papers comes to hand & the loss can be adjustd thy Acct shall have Credit4—Since thy Acct Current was sent Thy Bill to T. Moore is paid £2505—We wish Thee and thy Wife Health & Happiness & are wth great Esteem Thy Assurd Friends

C. & O. Hanbury

LS, ViHi: Custis Papers.

1Capt. George Walker, master of the ship York, entered York River on 28 Jan. 1760. The address on the cover of the copy of the letter in the Custis Papers is to GW “York Virginia per the George Capt. Chew.”

2These were the hogsheads that Martha Custis sent in 1758 aboard the Anna, which was captured by the French and then recaptured. See GW to Capel & Osgood Hanbury, 12 June 1759, n.4.

3The text reads “a ssoone.”

4For the shipment of twenty hogsheads of tobacco from the York plantations, aboard the Deliverance, see GW to Capel & Osgood Hanbury, 30 Nov. 1759.

5Martha Custis drew a bill of £250 on the Hanburys on 16 May 1758 in favor of Thomas Moore. See Settlement of the Daniel Parke Custis Estate, 20 April 1759–5 Nov. 1761, doc. III-B, nn.21 and 28. The Hanburys’ account current is dated 1 Sept. 1759 (GW to Capel & Osgood Hanbury, 12 June 1759, n.7).

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