From Capel & Osgood Hanbury
London Octor 21. 1766
We have the pleasure of thy favrs of June 23 & 28, and to receive 12 Hds Tobo of J. P. Custis’s by Capt. Esten of wch we are endeavouring to make the most. the Insurance orderd upon the said Tobacco was saved. The Accot Current thee requests to be furnished wth was sent by Necks & hope is got to hand & found right.1 The Sales of J. P. Custis’s 12 Hds Tobo the Fauquier last Year sent the Matty in July last. by mistake in being used to the name of D. P. Custis we fear that Letr was so directd, if so, we hope it is got to hand & that the Error in the Address will be excused.2 we have pd B. Sabastian £60 & charg’d it to JPC he comes Passenger in Capt. Estens Ship & also Le Massey we wish you an agreable meeting.3
We request thy friendship on our behalf that we may be favored wth some of the JC Crop and a larger share of the DPC’s4 we make no doubt of rendering as good Sales for them as any other Merchant—we are wth Esteem Thy Assurd Friends
C. & O. Hanbury
Herewth comes a Box of Tobacco wch hope will prove worth thy acceptance.
LS, ViHi: Custis Papers. The letter is addressed, “ the Hanbury James Esten.”
2. For the letter addressed to Daniel Parke Custis brought in the ship Matty, William Fox captain, see Capel and Osgood Hanbury to John Parke Custis, 1 July 1766, and the source note of that document.
4. GW used the old Custis symbols, JC and DPC, to mark the hogsheads of tobacco that he shipped from his dower plantation on the York River.