George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Robert Cary & Company, 16 March 1772

To Robert Cary & Company

Williamsburg March 16th 1772


Since I came to this place I have been informed of your Letter to Mr Josh Valentine (who is now Dead) respecting the Tobo shipped you by Captn Peterson—I cannot conceive how this mistake has happened, nor is it in my power at this time to remedy it otherwise than by sending the marks and numbers as under from the different Inspection’s not having the Bills of Lading to Inclose—This method I suppose will sufficiently distinguish the property of the Tobo and enable you to make out my Acct of Sales distinct from Mr Custis’s.1

I inform’d you in my last of the 20th of Feby of a Draft for Fifty pounds in favour of the Revd Mr Boucher, Tutor to Mr Custis, to whose acct it was to be placed; and I believe I shall have occasion to draw upon you on the same Acct at the April Genl Court to the amount of four or five hundd pounds more to comply fully with a late purchase of Land made on the behalf of this young Gentlemen.2 I remain Gentn Yr Most Obedt

Go: Washington


1In 1771 GW had Joseph Valentine send by Capt. Jacob Peterson twenty hogsheads of tobacco belonging to him and fifty-one of John Parke Custis’s to Cary. See GW to Cary, 20 July 1771. Cary’s letter to Valentine has not been found. For Cary’s sale of GW’s twenty hogsheads, see Ledger B description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 2, 1772-93, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 26.

2For GW’s purchase in April 1771 for £600 current money of the 250–acre tract called Jackson’s in York County on behalf of John Parke Custis, see note 1 in List of Slaves Belonging to George Washington and John Parke Custis, December 1771.

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