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If this Letter should get to hand before Mr Adam (by whom I wrote to you on the 22d of Novr) should leave London, I should be obligd to you for sending me two pieces of the best Dutch Blanketting by his ship—if it is too late for that Vessell and any other conveyance should offer immediately to this River be pleased to embrace it and thereby oblige Gentn Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt ALB , DLC:GW ....
Sometime this Week I expect to get on board the Cary for your House, Fifty Hogsheads Tobo of my own and Jno. Parke Custis’s, which please to Insure in the usual manner—I shall also by the same Ship send you ten or 12 Hhds more if I can get them on board in time, but this I believe will be Impractacable if Captn Talman uses that dispatch in Loading which he now has in his power to do. I am...
On the 20th Ulto I wrote you fully, and Inclosed Invoices of such Goods as Mr, Miss Custis, and myself wanted; since then I have recollected some Articles which were omitted, and which I now beg may be added, and forwarded with the other Goods. Holsters, or Covers for a pair of Pistols (about 12 Inches long streight Measure, which I have by me) to fit the Saddle order’d in my last for GW—this...
One essential Article in forming my Invoice for Potomack I forgot to write for; and that is Wheat Riddles—rather Sand Sieves—I shoud be obligd to you therefore for sending me one dozn of them; provided, instead of making them of fine brass wire they be made of good strong Iron Wire. Those I had last the wire was so small that it wore out immediately; for which Reason I must again beg, that...
I have just time before I leave this place to acknowledge the receipt of your Letters of the 22d of Decr by Eston and 1st of Feby by Captn Outram. By the Latter I shall send you all my own Tobo consisting of Fifteen Hhds and about Twenty-five of Mastr Custis’s—on both which parcels please to Insure Ten pounds pr Hhd. As the scarcity of Tobo, and high prices thereof in the Country are facts too...
On the 27th Ulto I drew two Setts of Excha: on you in favour of Burwell Bassett Esqr.—the one Sett for Two hundd pounds Sterg and the other for £133.6.8 to answer in part, the purchase of Land mentioned to you in a Letter of the 16th of March which sevl Sums you will please to pay & place to Acct of Mr Custis. I am Gentn Yr Most Obedt ALB , DLC:GW . See Memorandum, 27 April, n.1 .
An Indisposition which I have been under 3 or 4 Months inducd me to take a trip Northward to try the effects of Exercise and our Mountain Air upon my disorder —I find some benefit from the Journey—but not returning till within these few days I came too late to make out and send my Invoices by the Fleet. however no disappointment of Goods will follow from thence I hope because there will be...
The other side contains a Copy of my last, since which I have received from Messrs Hill Lamar & Hill a pipe of Wine price in Madeira £30.16 Sterl: for which they value upon you. I have also received advice of Seventy Sacks of Salts coming into Rappa. River from Mr Backhouse on my Acct. Mr Lewis who gives this Information has promised to send it round but the expences & trouble attending this...
I have some reasons to fear that by an unlucky mistake, my Letter of the 12th Ulto (among other things) ordering Insurance on Mr Custis’s Tobo & mine in the Rising Sun was put into the hands of Captn Peterson. If so, the Tobo, & order for Insurance on it will probably go by the same Ship; I therefore again desire (if this Letter gets to hand in time) that five hundred pounds may be Insured on...
In my Invoice of the 23d, I omitted mentioning two or three Articles which I shall be in want of, and which I beg may also be sent with my Goods for Potomk namely Six Corn Scythes [and] Six Grass—Ditto—strongly plated at the back & of very good Substance at the Heel. Six of the most common kind of Chissels for Turning. Mr Sebastian, the bearer of this, together with Mr Lee Massey, two...
By some kind of mismanagement Seven Hogsheads of Mr Custis’s Tobacco (from the Plantation on the Eastern Shore) missed a Passage in Captain Peterson; and Insurance made for that many more than the Ship carried of his, which you will please to have rectified, as I knew nothing of the disappointment till I came to this place a few days ago —I have drawn two Bills upon you of this date in favour...
I came to this place last Night, and find that the Articles containd in the Inclosd Invoices are wanted for mine and Master Custis’s Plantation’s on York River, please therefore to send them as there directed and charge the amounts to our respective Accounts. We have little or no News stirring, our Assembly is at present Convend to grant Supplies for carrying on the War against the Cherokee...
The design of this Letter is to cover the Inclosed Bill (upon Wilkenson & Company[)] for £99.9.8 which please to receive & give my Acct credit for. Boyes is not yet arrivd—Johnstoun is, and brought my Goods in good order. I shall write you more fully in my next—in the meantime remain Gentn Yr Most Obedt Servt ALB , DLC:GW . GW wrote on the lower part of the letter “sent by Captn McNabb.” This...
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...
Captn Mather whom I met with at this place a day or two ago, seeming to be pretty much distressd to compleat his Loading before the lay days are out, I shall, in order to facilitate his dispatch, give him all the Tobacco I have ready upon York River amounting to Fifty two Hhds, on which please to make Insurance and proportion the charge hereafter for I cannot at this Instant tell what part is...
By way of Whiteha[ve]n I am furnished with an oppertunity of desiring the favour of you to place the last half years Interest due on Bank-Stock at Michaelmas, to the credit of Miss Patcy Custis’s Account and that you will for the time to come appropriate the said Interest as it arises to the same use that Stock being Assigned her in part of her Fortune. If this Letter shoud reach your hands in...
Since my last of the 21st Ulto the Goods by Captn Wylie are come to hand, among which the Wheat Riddles are so entirely useless that I shall be under a necessity of sending them back, or keeping them by me as useless lumber—This coud not possibly have happened had my directions of the 6th of November last been attended to for there I expressly desired Sand Sieves for the purpose of Sifting out...
You will now receive Invoices for such Goods as are wanting for Master Custis and myself on York Rivr which I beg may be sent as early as possible as the Hoes will be very much wanted (owing to the useless ones lately sent) and the Seins come too late for the fishing Season if any ways delayed. I am Gentn Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt ALB , DLC:GW . The invoices are in DLC:GW . These goods for the...
Herewith you will receive sundry Invoices for Goods wanted, those for my own and the Childrens use please to send by Captn Johnston or the first Vessell bound for this River in the Spring—Mrs Dandridges must go in a Ship for York —I cannot make out an Account of the necessarys which may be wanting for my own and Master Custis’s Plantations on York River till I go down there which will happen...
In a Letter of the 28th Ulto (accompanying my Invoices of the 23d preeceeding) I desired 6 Corn & 6 grass Scythes might be sent me (as also 6 Turners Chissels) since which having occasion to make use of the Scythes which came in last year I find such manifest disadvantages from having them, some of one length some of another, some crooked, & some strait, that I now beg the favour of you,...
The Fleet is arrivd but some Ships are missing, among which number Captn Jno. Johnston happens to be one, and a report prevails that he is taken, but from whence it arises I really cant say. I believe it is conjecture only, but at the sametime I must observe it is a conjecture founded upon very probable Circumstances since the Fleet has been in 14 or 15 days and no accounts of him. Receiving...
In behalf of Master John Parke Custis I have this day drawn an order upon you in favour of William Dandridge (who is now in the Fleet Prison) for One hundred pounds Sterling which I hope will be immediately paid as I have already taken Bond from his Friends here for the amount of that Sum in Currt Money, at the prevailing Exchange with Interest, and shall carry the same to the Credit of Master...
The Inclosed presents you a Copy of my Letter of the 26th of April, since which your favour of the 7th of March advising of the Nautilus’s arrival is come to hand. Your taking no notice in that or any other Letter of one I wrote you from Williamsburg on the 15th of November, inclosing my several Invoices, gives me some uneasiness, as a disappointment of the Goods therein required woud put me...
I have this day drawn upon you for Fifty five pounds eight Shillings and four pence in favour of Walter Magowan which Sum you will please to have charged to Master & Miss Custis in equal proportion’s. I am Gentn Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt ALS , PWacD : Feinstone Collection, on deposit at PPAmP ; ALB , DLC:GW .
In looking over my order (of the 20th of June last) for Goods, I perceive that I have omitted sending for Dutch Blanketting for the use of my Estate on Potomack—an Article I much want, and must beg the favour of you to send me by the first Ship bound to this River. Three pieces are requisite; and if they cannot be got here (in a vessel to Potomack) by the middle or last of October, I must, in...
Herewith you will receive Copys of my last Letters (of the 20th of Septr and 8th of October) —also a Bill of Loading for the Six Hhds of Tobacco on board the Polly Ogle Captn Errington (instead of Captn Dawson as I conceived it to be, and accordingly wrote you) —I wish the Tobacco safe to hand, and to a better Market than most of mine hath lately come to, and am Gentn Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt...
I am apprehensive, that by some mistake or other, my Letter of the 24th Ulto and the Duplicate were put on Board the same Ship; I therefore send other Copies under this Cover. My Friend and Acquaintance Mr Bartholamew Dandridge having purchasd an Entaild Estate in Lands of one Charles Lewis procurd an Act of General Assembly for Docking the said Entail (other Lands of equal value being settled...
The Inclosed is a Copy of my last (of the 28th May) the intent of this is to tell you that I was in an error when I said Mr Athaws had given Mr Fairfax 12½. for his Tobo. The Acct I then saw was by Letter and appeared to be as I wrote 12½. but since my observation of this matter in my last I have seen a more distinct acct rendered to Mr Carlyle who is acting Attorney for Mr Fairfax and there...
Captn Boyes has engaged my Tobacco to go in the Tryal Captn William McGachin I shall in consequence put 48 Hhds on board that Ship on which please to Insure so as to receive in case of loss Five pounds per Hhd —a sum not equivalent, but will be some compensation in case of accidents. I am Gentn Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt ALB , DLC:GW . William McGachen, captain of the ship Tryal , cleared...
By the Martha Captn Brooke I have an oppertunity of Inclosing you the Invoices for York River, and to request that the Goods may be addressd to the care of Mr James Hill who is employed as a Steward to that Estate in the Room of Mr Josh Valentine deceasd. I have also to desire that you will Insure 14 Hhds of my Tobo by Captn Peterson, and Sixty three or four (I cannot tell which) of Mr...
By the Fair American William Thompson Master a ship belonging to— I send you fifteen Hhds Tobo the whole Amount of the Estates Crop this Year; one Hhd only excepted, which I coud not get on board in time as it lay up Pamunky River. Be pleasd therefore to Insure the above fifteen Hhds in the usual manner for the Estates Interest, and being perswaded you are the best Judge of this, I leave it to...
On the 17th Instt I drew two setts of Exchange upon you dated the 20th Ulto one sett payable to Mr Jno. Addison amounting to Three hundred and Sixty four pounds Nineteen shillings—the other sett for Three hundred and four pounds fifteen Shillings and three pence and payable to Mr William Digges, both at thirty Days Sight —I don’t doubt their meeting due acceptance & I am Gentn Yr Most Obedt...
On the 25th of last Month I drew upon you in favour of the Revd Mr Boucher, Tutor to Mr Custis, for Fifty pounds Sterling which please to pay and place to the Acct of this young Gentlemen. I have been impatiently waiting for my Goods, being much in want of the Millstones, having heard nothing from you in respect to them since the 12th of Septr though Captn Montgomerie (immediately from London...
Invoice of Scythes to be sent to Potomack Rivr for the use of George Washington. 2 dozn Corn Scythes—all of them to be exactly 3 feet 10 Inches from Heel to point—to be pretty strait in the blade, and not one more than another, but equally alike so, that one Cradle (the fingers of which as they must always have the same curve of the Scythe) may sute them all—To be stout and strong at the Heel,...
My acquaintance and friend Collo. Robert Stewart, late of the Virginia Regiment, will pay you on my Acct Bills of Excha: or money to the amount of £302 Sterl. which please to receive & place to the Credit of Gentn Yr Most Hble Servt ALB , DLC:GW . GW probably wrote this on the same day, 27 April, that he wrote the letter to Robert Stewart in which this was enclosed. See GW to Stewart, 2 May...
Invoice of Sundrie Goods to be Shipd by Robt Cary Esqr. and Company—for the use of George Washington. 200 lbs. Red Le[a]d ground up in Oyl 100 lbs. White Ditto ground in Ditto 15 lb. Putty 150 Squares Window Glass— 9 by 11 Inches 1 dozn Common locks—for Inside Doors 6 dozn Smiths Files of different Sorts 1 Steel hand Mill for grinding Wheat into Flour 10 lb. Emery 10 lb. Rotton Stone 25 lb....
By my Friend Mr Fairfax I take the oppertunity of acknowledging the Receipts of your several favours that have come to hand since mine of the 30th of November last, and observe in one of them of the 14 Feby by Crawford that you refer to another by the same Ship, but this has never yet appeard. Inclosd you are presented with the Memm for receiving the Interest of the Bank-Stock signd as...
Before I left home I shipd 18 Hhds of my Potomack Tobacco on Board the Bland Captn Hugh Wylie now lying in Rappahanock River on which please to Insure £140 only This Ship is a Letter of Marque, carry’s 18 Six pounders and well Mand for which Reasons I do not secure the full value of my Tobacco by Insurance judging by the same parity of Reasoning that the Premio will also be moderate—The Ship...
My old Chariot havg run its race, & gone through as many stages as I coud conveniently make it travel, is now renderd incapable of any further Service; The intent of this Letter therefore is to desire you will bespeak me a New one, time enough to come out with the Goods (I shall hereafter write for) by Captn Johnstoun, or some other Ship. As these are kind of Articles, that last with care a gt...
Your Letter of the 5th of Mar: by Captn Peterson came to my hands in this City —In answer to it I shall briefly observe that, I am sorry my drafts in behalf of Mr Custis came to hand at an unseasonable time; but as his Guardian, I could let no consideration of a Debt due from me to you, Influence me in a purchase which I thought, and others advis’d, as tending much to the Interest of my ward...
Inclosd you will receive Invoices of Goods wanted for myself & Master Custis for this place and our Plantations on York River, as also for Miss Custis which I beg may be sent by Captn Johnstoun if the Orders gets to hand in time, if not, by any other Vessel bound to this River —But if there are any Articles containd in either of the respective Invoices (Paper only excepted) which are Taxd by...
I am almost ashamed to trouble you in the same year with such frequent orders for Goods; but as I am under a necessity of making some Repairs to, and alteration in my House, and did not get an Acct before, from the Undertaker of all the materials wanting, it must plead my excuse for requesting you to send me the under mentioned Articles—as also for the following Books for the use of Mr Custis,...
My last of the 28th of March servd only to advise you of a draft which I made in behalf of Master and Miss Custis in favour of Walter Magowan for £55.8.4 and desiring it might be charged to them equally. Since my Letters of November last by Captn McGachin (in the Thornton) —I have receivd your favours of the 30th of September—7 & 18th of November—23d December—and 31st of January with the Goods...
Your Letters of the 13th and 23d of April last are all that have come to hand since mine of the 13th of June —I am sorry to find that my Tobacco which was intended by Hammond, and which he ought to have taken (after runng me to the expence of Insurance &ca) is likely to come to so unfavourable a Market as your Letter of the 13th seems to bespeake —under such manifest disappointments and losses...
Our Goods by the Liberty Captn Walker came to hand in good order, and soon after his arrival; as they generally will do when shipd in a Vessell to this River, and scarce ever, when they go to any others (unless they should be dispatchd in one of your own Ships, and the Captn particularly Instructed concerning the delivery of them) for it don’t often happen that a Vessell bound to one River,...
This will make the 4th Letter I have wrote you since my Marriage with Mrs Martha Custis—the two first servd to cover Invoices of such Goods as I wanted and to advise you at the same time of the change in her affairs, and how necessary it woud be to address for the future, all your Letters which relate to the Estate of the deceasd Colo. Custis to me. The last tended only to order Insurance on...
I forbore in my Letter of the 28th Ulto to mention what quantity of Tobo you might probably receive from myself and Ward from our Plantation’s on York River till I came down here, and now I am almost as much at a loss as I was then, to guess; so bad is the Tobacco, and so short are the Crops (where proper care is taken to cull it, and that I have strictly chargd all my Overseers to do, being...
I am upon Terms for two Estates for & in behalf of my Ward Mr John Parke Custis. if I conclude the bargain for them (and I must be on or off in a few days) I shall have occasion to draw upon you for the whole money he has in your hands; Indeed I do not know as yet, but I shall be obliged to exceed it, as it is with the ready Cash I am to make the purchase, if I do it at all. As I thought it...
When I wrote to you on the 14th Ulto neither your Letters nor my Goods by Captn Johnston were come to hand. now both are receivd; and I must beg leave to point out some mistakes which I have discoverd in them. and first in regard to the Accounts which you sent. In these there are several Errors which need rectifying as you will perceive by perusing the Inclosd Accounts —Copied from my Books,...
It cannot reasonably be imagined that I felt any pleasing Sensations upon the receipt of your Letter of the 13th of February covering accts of Sales for 153 Hhds of Master Custis’s Tobo and 115 of mine. That the Sales are pitifully low, needs no words to demonstrate—and that they are worse than many of my Acquaintance upon this River—Potomack—have got in the Out Posts, & from Mr Russel and...