George Washington Papers

Capel & Osgood Hanbury to John Parke Custis, 23 August 1763

Capel & Osgood Hanbury to John Parke Custis

London Augt 23. 1763

Esteemd Friend

We have the pleasure to advise the safe arrival of Capt. Esten1 thy 12 Hds Tobacco by him shall be taken all possible care of. We are not yet ennabled to compleat the Sales of the 12 Hds per the America2 owing the meanness of the quality and Badness of the scent of some of it & indeed that 12 Hds were in general so bad that the Buyers would not believe that it was the right Crops of thy marks—It will be a pleasure to us to receive thy farther Consignments and are with Esteem Thy Assurd Friends

C. & O. Hanbury

LS, ViHi: Custis Papers. As long as GW was managing his young ward’s affairs, until 1773, the letters that Capel and Osgood Hanbury addressed to John Parke Custis were in fact directed to GW, who usually endorsed them and routinely answered them when an answer was required. This letter was addressed to “York River Virginia.”

1GW wrote Hanbury on 26 April that he had put Custis’s tobacco on Captain Esten’s ship.

2For the twelve hogsheads of tobacco sent in the America, John Lewis master, see GW to Hanbury, 11 Sept. 1762 and note, and Hanbury to GW, 10 July 1764, n.1.

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