George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Gildart, 22 April 1766

From James Gildart

Leverpoole [England] April 22d 1766.


I wrote you of the 28th Novr per the Totness Capt. Barwich of whoes Arrivall In York have lately been advised that I hope you have received mine In Answer to your esteemed favour of the 20th Sept. duplicate of wc. have now before me.1 I gave you the best Information relating to Hemp from America I then could. Since have had a few Tons from Ra⟨ppa⟩hanock wch I sold At 27 per Ton besides the bounty of £8 per this parcell was of a good Staple but farr from being well Cleaned besides some of it had been dew-Ratted wch hurts the staple & makes it tender & of a disagreeable blackh Colour. had it been water-ratted as the Law requires & clean would readily have fetched £30 pr Ton. the bounty will be paid Me here with acct expence more than a small perquiset to the ⟨offcirs⟩, As to Flax I can say very little about haveing Seen none from Am[eric]a Imported. Its Still very high, and likely to be so & the same wth hemp. Should the Totness load In Potomack Shall hope for your kind Assistance. Tobos are now from 2¼ to 3¼ & I think will not be lower. the Fren[c]h could not this year get Near the Quantity they wanted that Should your ensuing Crop be ever so larg they Cant decline much If any is my reall Sentiments[.] here-with you have the Acct Sales of light hhds Tobo the Ntt Proceeds £88:17:2¼ wch have placed to Master Jno. Park Custis’s Cred. As you directed. hope the Sale will be Agreeable when I assure you I did my utmost to Serve the young Gentleman.2 I hope for your Assistance to Mullay on york River he I expect will be there early the Next month. I congratulate you on the Repeal of the so much disliked Stamp Act & I am respy Sir Yr Most Obt Sert

Jame. Gildart

ALS, ViHi: Custis Papers.

1The letter of 28 Nov. 1765 has not been found. James Barwick entered the Rappahannock River on 8 Aug. 1766.

2GW wrote Gildart on 20 Sept. 1765 that he had put aboard the Johnson, John Mulloy captain, eight hogsheads of John Parke Custis’s tobacco. Gildart clearly wrote here “light hhds” when he must have meant “eight.”

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