George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Capel & Osgood Hanbury, 28 May 1762

To Capel & Osgood Hanbury

Mount Vernon 28th May 1762


Your favour of the 1st of October I did not receive till yesterday, where it has lain ever since is not easy to imagine—I have examined the Acct Currt therein Inclos’d1 and believe it to be right saving that it wants credit for the Tobo lost in the Deliverance—your next possibly will acct for that, as well as the other Tobo taken in the Joseph.2

I have met with very bad luck in all the Tobo I have attempted to ship to your address, which has, together with the very moderate prices you have generally given almost discouraged me from continuing a corrispondance which seems to be attended with manifest disadvantages on my side. however when I am informed of your havg a Ship in York River (for at present I live upon Potomack many Miles distant from thence) I will direct some Tobo to be put3 on board of her, and hope you will make the best Market you can of it. I am Gentn Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington


1On 14 April 1762 the Hanburys wrote that the account current enclosed in their letter of 1 Oct. 1761 had been sent in the Fauquier. The Hanburys’ vessel, the Fauquier, Capt. Keith Wray, arrived at Hampton on 22 April and cleared for London on 26 July 1762.

2For the loss of the tobacco in the Deliverance and the Joseph, see particularly GW to Hanbury 25, 30 Nov. 1759, and 3 April 1761, and Hanbury to GW, 4 April 1760, 20 Mar. 1761, and 29 July 1762. See also notes in these documents.

3When copying the letter, GW wrote “but” instead of “put.”

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