George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Robert Cary & Company, 25 October 1765

To Robert Cary & Company

Mount Vernon 25th October 1765.


Not getting an acct in time of the necessaries wanted for our Plantation’s on York River, I was oblig’d to forward my last without them;1 but Captn McGachin being on the point of Sailing for London I embrace the oppertunity of desiring that you will please to send to Mr Joseph Valentine for our uses the following Goods.2


George Washington John Parke Custis
1 piece of welch Cotton 2 pieces welch Cotton
100 Ells of Oznabrigs 300 Ells Oznabrigs
5 lb. brown thread 100 Yards of Crocas
2 dozn pr best plaid Hose 10 lbs. brown thread
10 M 10d. Nails 6 dozn pr best plain Hose
2½ dozn best hillg Hoes 10 M 8d. Nails
10 M 10d. Ditto
10 M 20d. Ditto
5 dozn best Hilling Hoes
5 dozn best weeding Ditto

To my Invoice for Potomack, I shoud be obligd to you for adding the following Articles.3

  • Canvas for one dozn Chair bottoms—neither course nor fine—but of a middle size
  • Dark shades of yellow worsted for working cross Stitch—viz.
  • 1¾ lb. of the first and Second colour
  • 1½ lb. of the third and fourth
  • 1¼ lb. of the fi[f]th
  • 3 lb. of the sixth
  • ¾ of a pound of the Seventh—and
  • ¾ of the eigth and to be silk—the rest all worstd
  • 2 dozn brass Thimbles
  • 4 pr Women’s fine thread Mitts
  • Gilbert, Bishop of Sarums, Exposition of the 39 Articles.4 & 1 dozn Coffee Cups.

Shoud Mrs Dandridge have occasion for Goods as usual I will write for them so soon as she furnishes me with her Memoranda.

Upon a Re-examination of your Acct Currt since my last of the 20th Ulto I perceive myself chargd with £4.11.10 for Goods sent in 1762 by Fielder Dandridge—I have studied with all the recollection I am Master of to find out what Goods these shoud be; and have had recourse to all my Letters and your Invoices which have been addressed to, and from you, since the Beginning of our Corrispondance, and cannot discover the least trace of this matter—On the contrary, I never heard the name of such a Captn before, nor never remember to have sent for so small a parcel of Goods in my life—I shoud be glad therefore to know what these Goods consisted off, and how they came not to be charged till now; In short to be satisfied that there is no mistake in the matter before I can admit the charge, for at present I have not the least remembrance of them. I am Gentn Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington

N.B. I have asked the favour of Captn McGachin to get two or three trifles done for me, the cost of which, possibly may amount to four or five pounds5—shoud he call upon you therefore for the same (as I have desird him to do) I shoud be obligd to you for paying it to him—I am Gentn Yr &ca

G. W——n


2Cary shipped the York River goods for GW and John Parke Custis with invoices dated 28 Feb. 1766 (DLC:GW) in the Pitt, Thomas Mather master.

3The Potomac River goods arrived in the river on 4 July 1766 in the Ranger with an invoice from Cary dated 27 Mar. 1766.

4Gilbert Burnet’s An Exposition of the Thirty-Nine Articles of the Church of England, first published in 1699, had gone through several editions. The copy in GW’s library at his death was the sixth edition published in 1759.

5GW noted that the letter was sent by William McGachen, master of the Thornton.

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