George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Capel & Osgood Hanbury, 1 October 1761

From Capel & Osgood Hanbury

London 1st Oct. 1761

Esteem’d Friend

Inclos’d we have sent thy Accot Current to 1st Augt last—please to Examine the same, and not to omit advising us if it proves right, if otherwise please to point out the Error and it shall be rectify’d.1

With concern we remark that it is sometime since we were favour’d with any Tobacco from Thee but we hope by Hylton or Esten for a renewal of thy Consignment and in the Sale thereof great Care shall be taken.2

Fine Tobacco that wch is really such is in demand and likely to Continue So, but the price of Midling and ordinary will upon the Arrival of the Fleet be likely to Decline.

No tollerable Judgment can be form’d as to Peace or a Continuance of the Warr, sometimes the probabillity of the former is very strong, and perhaps the next Day just the Reverse. We are wth Esteem Thy Assur’d Friends

C. & O. Hanbury

N.B. The Price of Tobo in Genl is now from 3d. to 3½d.—if very fine will fetch more particularly if Top Stem’d.

The proof of Tobacco on board the Deliverance is come to hand & we apprehend will be sufficient ⟨but⟩ a proof is wantg ⟨from⟩ an other Person that had Tobo Insured in that Ship before the Case can be adjusted we have wrote sundry times for it.3 We have been very ⟨care⟩ful of what Underwriters we take & have met with as few bad ones as any Person that has had so much to do with them, & if the ⟨illegible thee⟩ would find it much more difficult then thee ⟨art aware of⟩ to know Peoples Circumstances.4 Great care shall be taken of the 14 ⟨Hhds illegibleper the Joseph & if they are JC & in good Condition will sell well.5

Thy &c. &c.

C. & O. H.

LS, ViHi: Custis Papers. The letter is addressed to GW at York River.

1GW did not receive this letter and Hanbury’s account until 27 May 1762, when he reported the account correct except for the tobacco lost on the Deliverance (GW to Hanbury, 28 May 1762). The account has not been found.

2Capt. James Esten’s Joseph was captured by the French. John Hylton was master of the Hanbury’s new ship, the Fauquier. It cleared the Upper James River bound for London on 14 Sept. 1761 with 383 hogsheads of tobacco as well as GW’s letter.

3GW sent his “proof” with his letter to Hanbury of 3 April 1761.

4This is in response to GW’s bitter complaint in his letter of 3 April about Hanbury’s choice of underwriters to insure the tobacco that he shipped from Virginia.

5GW shipped fourteen hogsheads of tobacco belonging to John Parke Custis on the Joseph. See note 2 above, and GW to Hanbury, 26 April 1763.

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