To Osgood Hanbury & Company
Williamsburg July 17th 1771
On Board of Captn Easton I have caused 14 Hhds of Mr Custis’s Tobacco to be put to your address on wch please to Insure so as to receive Ten pounds pr Hhd in case of loss—If this Tobo should get safe to hand it is hoped you will sell it to the best Advantage; and desired that the proceeds may go to the Credit of this young Gentleman’s Account.1 I must again request you to be puctual in remitting his Acct Current (with you) once a year as it is necessary that I should have them regular in order to my making out my own as his Guardian at our April General Court yearly. I am Gentn Yr Most Hble Servt
1. Hanbury wrote John Parke Custis on 6 Nov.: “The present serves to advise the safe arrival of the Hanbury Jas Esten by whom we find we are favor’d with 14 hhds of thy Tobacco we are now landing the Cargo in good condition & thee may depend on our best endeavors for thy interest in the disposal thereof altho. we are sorry to say the present prices are not very encouraging being from 2½ per lb. to 3¾ for Export & from 9½ to 11d. home consumption the very finest sorts will produce something more” (ViHi: Custis Papers).