George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Gildart, 18 May 1764

From James Gildart

Leverpoole May 18th 1764


I am favoured wth yours of the 26 April Last year Accquainting me that the Six hhds of wc. you ⟨hav⟩e above the Acct Sales Ntt Proceeds £46.8.4¼ are to be braugt to the Credt of Master Custis in New Acct1 & that the balle due me from the Estate of the Late Coll Custis £17.9.8 you will Remitt me for wc. Shall be Noted Accordingly2 & as on the other Side you have a State of the Acct have it Stands wc. you will please to have noted Accord[ingl]y.

I wish it had been in my Power to have Rendd A more Agreeable Acct per Sales but from the lowness of the Marketts it was not. Should you be pleased to fav⟨o⟩ur me wth further Consignts of a few hhds of the Estates Tobo3 may depend Shall exert mySelf to Serve the Concerned As well in that as any other of your Comms. I wish wth you the Peace may be of along Continuance & that the Tobo Trade may revive & florish but am Sorry to Say I never Rememr it duller than Just Now & have been Concerned in it Upwards of thirty years in short the Importation exceeds the Consumpn but Surely the Growth of Hemp & Flax wth you will lessen it wc. I wish to See, you Gent. will no doubt find an advantage Cultiv. from those & am very Respy Sir Yr Most Obt

Jame. Gildart

ALS, ViHi: Custis Papers. The letter is addressed “per Rogers Captn [John] Gawith” to Potomac River.

1Gildart’s attached account of the sales of the six hogsheads is dated 1 Jan. 1764 and shows that they brought a total of £69.17.4¼ with charges coming to £23.9.0, leaving the total reported here. Gildart also attached his account with John Parke Custis from 1762.

2See GW’s account with Gildart in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 107.

3GW wrote on 5 June 1764, before receiving Gildart’s letter, that he was sending him eight hogsheads of tobacco.

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