George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Hanburys & Lloyd, 14 November 1774

From Hanburys & Lloyd

London 14 November 1774

Esteemed Friend

We have now to acknowledge receipt of thy ⟨esteemed⟩ favors of 3⟨0⟩ Decr 30 Apr. 1 June & 4 Augst the Contents whereof are duly ⟨notic⟩’d—We observe by the second that our friend J. P. Custis is married we congratulate him ⟨upon illegiblesion⟩ & heartily wish him health & happiness. We are sorry to see by thine of 4 Augst that thou art displeas’d at our ⟨su⟩ffering thy Bill on us to John Page Esqr. to be noted for ⟨illegible⟩ acceptance tho’ when it became due it was paid—the reason was we had no advice from thee of its being drawn & could not for our own safety accept it untill we receiv’d thy letter advising thereof for in case thy name had been counterfeited the loss would have fallen upon us, we therefore hope upon reconsidering the matter thou wilt see it in a more favourable light & not take offence when none was intended.1 thy favour of 1 June inclosed a letter directed to Ireland which we put into the post office & doubt not it arriv’d safe2—The following Bills drawn by thee upon us on accot of J. P. Custis have appear’d since our last & met due honor.

To G. Fairfax £39.5
M. Cooper 65. 
Wm McGrachen 110. 

We are oblig’d to thee for consigning us 12 h’h’ds Tobo per the Hanbury which we shall dispose of to the best advantage & flatter ourselves shall be able to render pleasing Acct Sales4 We made Insurance thereon agreeable to thy directions (Vizt)

12 h’h’ds @ £8.10s. each is £102 @ 2½ prCent is £2.11. 
Commission 2 prCent .10.2
per Policy . 2.6
3. 3.8
which is to the debit of thy account[.] we are sorry to inform thee our old friend Captn Esten died on his passage home 14 days after he left the ⟨cap⟩es of Virginia5 The present prices of Tobo are from 2¼ to 3 for exportation & from 9⅛ to 10¾ for home Consumption as in quality the very finest sorts will produce something more. we send thee herewith a Magazine & newspaper which beg thy acceptance ⟨of⟩6 hope this will come to thee in good health & remain with great regard thy assured friends

Sign’d Hanburys & Lloyd

LS, ViHi: Custis Papers. This letter is marked “Copy” and is written at the beginning of Hanbury’s letter of 1 December. It was sent “per Capt. Ross.”

1For GW’s reaction to the Hanbury company’s failure to accept immediately the bills GW drew in favor of John Page, see GW to Hanburys & Lloyd, 4 Aug., and GW to Robert Cary & Co., 10 Dec. 1774.

2This may have been the letter GW wrote on 15 April to Mrs. Savage in Ireland, or possibly a later unknown letter to her or her friend Sarah Bomford.

3GW wrote Osgood Hanbury & Co. on 30 Dec. 1773 (see GW to George William Fairfax, 15 Oct. 1773, n.2) about the bill drawn in favor of George William Fairfax and on 30 April and 1 June 1774 about the bills drawn in favor of Myles Cooper and William McGachen.

5In its notice of Capt. James Esten’s death on 7 Jan. 1775, the Virginia Gazette (Dixon and Hunter; Williamsburg) noted that Esten “was many Years Commander in this Trade, and a Man of unblemished Character.”

6The magazine and newspaper have not been identified.

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