From Osgood Hanbury & Company
London 13th March 1773
We are sorry to find ourselves without any of thy favors last year the principal occasion of the present being to enquire of thy Welfare, & to inclose a Letter for our Friend John Park Custis covering Accot Sales of the 14 Hhds Tobacco consigned us by the Hanbury ⟨of⟩ 1771 ⟨mutilated⟩ of the ⟨mutilated⟩ the p⟨rices⟩ of Tobacco at present are rather unfavorable being from 2¼d. to 3d. lb. for ⟨Ex⟩portation, & from 9 to 11d. for home Consumption. We have again sent Capt. Esten in the Hanbury & flatter ourselves our Friends will give him a quick dispatch so that his Cargo may arrive to an early Market, a circumstance which is always agreable to us as it may thereby afford us an oppo. of selling our Friends’ Tobacco to good advantage1—As we shall not send any other Ship to James River this year we flatter ourselves that such of our Friends on that river who intend favouring us with their Tobacco, will ship it on board the Hanbury Capt. Esten, to whom we have given directions for receiving it—We remain with best wishes for thy Health & Welfare—Thy Assured Friends
Osgood Hanbury & Co.
L, ViHi: Custis Papers.
1. Fourteen hogsheads of tobacco had been shipped to Hanbury on 17 July 1771. Through misunderstandings, James Hill, the new manager of the Custis plantation, failed to ship any tobacco to Hanbury in 1772 and 1773, but fourteen hogsheads went to the company in 1774. See Hill to GW, 30 Aug. 1772 and 2 July 1773, and Hanbury to GW, 24 Mar. and 14 Nov. 1774. The enclosed letter to John Parke Custis contains no additional information except it refers to the Hanburys’ letter to Custis of “25th of April last the Lunn & Lloyd Capt. [Robert] Necks.”