To Samuel Galloway
Mount ⟨Vernon⟩ May ⟨4th⟩ 1772
By Mr Custis I send you Nine pounds Maryld Curry for the last Box of Claret you were obliging enough to get for me—I am not sure that this is the exact Sum due, but have desired Jack to pay the difficiency if any there be. I have not yet got the Claret, but as it is in the care of Mr Barnes of Port Tobacco1 I shall fetch it from thence by Land. If a Cargo of this kind of Wine should arrive in the coarse of the Summer, and a favourable oppertunity offers to this River I should be much obliged to you for a Box or two of it; the cost of which, & freight round, shall be paid upon delivery.2 I am with very great esteem Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt
ALS, DLC: Papers of the Galloway-Maxey-Markee Families.
1. Mr. Barnes is probably John Barnes, son of Abraham Barnes (d. 1777) of St. Mary’s County, Maryland. John Barnes, a tobacco merchant in Port Tobacco, had recently gone bankrupt.
2. For information about GW’s involvement with Samuel Galloway of Anne Arundel County, Md., through John Parke Custis, see Jonathan Boucher to GW, 18 Aug. and 18 Dec. 1770. For further reference to Galloway’s claret, see Cash Accounts, May, October 1772, Boucher to GW, 22 May, and GW to Boucher, 23 May 1772.