To Robert Cary & Company
Williamsburg 8th Octr 1760.
This serves to cover a certificate of the Tobo I shipd you in the Cary, which I hope will answer the end of a Bill of Lading.1 I am told it will do instead of Recording the Bill, and as it is less expensive and soonest come at, I embrace the method.
Since my last I have passd a set of Bills in favour of Mr George Brent (instead of Robt Brent) for Two hundred pounds Sterling2 which please to pay and place to acct of Gentn Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt
ALS, CSmH; LB, in GW’s hand, DLC:GW. The letter is docketed as “Reced the 5 Decr ⟨illegible⟩.” There are minor differences in the letter-book copy.
1. The Cary in which GW sent Robert Cary & Co. fifty hogsheads of tobacco in November 1759 was taken by the French. Cary & Co. evidently needed the certificate in order to collect the insurance on GW’s tobacco. The payment came to £577.17.2 as recorded in February 1761 (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 67). See also GW to Robert Cary & Co., 25 Nov. 1759.