George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Capel & Osgood Hanbury, 20 May 1769

From Capel & Osgood Hanbury

London May 20th 1769

Esteem’d Friend

We have the pleasure to advise the Receipt of thy favor of 4th Novemr last, and to acquaint thee, that thy Bill to J. Gibson for £100 has been duly Honor’d, & is plac’d to the Debit of J.P. Custis’s Account.

We now forward Accounts Sales for his 9 Hhds Tobacco received per the Hanbury which is under cover of a Letter address’d to him inclos’d herein1—we flatter ourselves they will prove satisfactory, as we can truly say the greatest care was taken in the disposal of them.

We have ⟨c⟩harter’d a Ship call’d the Reward of about 300 Hhds for Capt. Necks, in which he now goes, we strongly recommend it to our friends as well for their own sakes as ours, to facilitate his quick return, and we rely greatly on thy friendly assistance to promote this desireable event.

We hope Capt. Esten will have taken his departure for London before this gets to hand, & that he will come home to an early Market, as we may thereby be enabled to furnish good Accot Sales for his Cargo, the present prices being from 3¼ to 4d. per lb. for Exportation, and from 10d. to 11½d. for Home Consumption2—Our C.H. has been much indisposed for these 2 or 3 Months past, but is now considerably mended.3 We remain with great regard Thy assured Friends

Capel & Osgood Hanbury

LS, ViHi: Custis Papers. The letter is addressed to “York River per the Reward ⟨Captn⟩ [Robert] Necks.” A similar letter from Hanbury to John Parke Custis of this same date is in ViHi: Custis Papers.

2Capt. James Esten left York River on 7 June with eight hogsheads of John Parke Custis’s tobacco aboard (see GW to Hanbury, 25 July). Hanbury’s letter to Custis of 20 May contains the same information as this one to GW.

3Samuel Gist’s letter of 17 June 1769 and Hanbury’s letter of 26 July 1769 both announced the death of Capel Hanbury.

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