To Capel & Osgood Hanbury
Williamsburg 3d April 1761
Your favour of the 15th Septr, which is the last Letter that I have receivd from you, now lyes before me1—By some neglect or other my Bills of Lading for the Tobo pr the Deliverance never came to my hands for which Reason I send you in lieu thereof a Certificate from the Collector of His Majesty’s Customs of the Tobacco Shipd in that Vessell by me which I am told will answer the same purpose of a Bill.2
Altho’ you seem to think £40 no large Sum yet I must confess it is in my Estimation rather too much money to loose—and I always apprehended that if due caution was observd in the choice of underwriters that losses of this Nature coud scarce ever happen.3
I have been at this place near a fortnight, but dont learn that you have any Ship in the Country wanting Tobo at this time—I shall possibly have an oppertunity of writing to you again before I leave Town in the meanwhile I remain Gentn Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt
2. For references to the loss of tobacco aboard the Deliverance, see Hanbury to GW, 20 Mar. 1761, n.3. In the entry to his diary on 14 Jan. 1760, GW noted that he had received two bills of lading, one “for 20 Hhds. pr. the Deliverance . . . neither of which signifying to whom the Tobo. was Consignd which is not less strange than that only two Bills shd. be given when 4 and never less than three is customary in War time” (Diaries description begins Donald Jackson and Dorothy Twohig, eds. The Diaries of George Washington. 6 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1976–79. description ends , 1:223).