From Joseph Valentine
August 3d 1762
my not hearing from you in so Long a time has put me under a very Great Consern to Know what to do with your tobaco this makes the third Letter I have Rote to you Concerning the tobaco and never have had any answer or heard one silible from you1 and now am abligd to get the tobo on Bord the ships ass fast ass posable or have Every hogshed Left out ass the ships is to sale the 20th of next month they are in a very great hurrey a Loading and Load very fast Capt. Boyes tels me he has Refusd above 400 hhds al Readey. but he is to take all yours ass you have heare and 60 hogsheds of mr ⟨mutilated⟩ and the Rest of mr Custises is to go on Bord Mr Hanbearys ship which is near the orders you gave me Last year—if your mind is olterd or I have done Rong pray Sir dont Blame me for I Cud not hear from you and was abligd to do ass I did or have the tobaco all Left in the Curtry, I am now a inspecting the tobaco to get it on Bord ass fast ass posable and ass soon ass it is done shall send you a List of all the Crops and the ships it is put on Bord2—and Remain Sir your most humble Servent
ALS, ViHi: Custis Papers.
1. Valentine’s letters have not been found.
2. To go to Robert Cary & Co., Valentine loaded 32 hogsheads of GW’s York River tobacco (22 in Capt. John Boyes’s Nautilus and 10 in the Brunswick) and 59 of John Parke Custis’s (30 in the Nautilus and 29 in the Brunswick). See GW to Cary, 11 Sept. 1762. For GW’s complaint about the dealings of Cary’s ship captain with Valentine, see GW to Cary, 18 Sept. 1762. Twelve hogsheads of John Parke Custis’s tobacco went to Capel and Osgood Hanbury in their America and six went to James Gildart (see GW to Hanbury, and GW to Gildart, both 11 Sept. 1762).