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From George Washington to Robert Cary & Company, 4 April 1767

To Robert Cary & Company

Wmsburg, 4th April 1767.


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.1 Boyes is not yet arrivd—Johnstoun is, and brought my Goods in good order.2 I shall write you more fully in my next—in the meantime remain Gentn Yr Most Obedt Servt

Go: Washington

ALB, DLC:GW. GW wrote on the lower part of the letter “sent by Captn McNabb.” This is probably John McNabb of the Theodorick which cleared the upper district of James River on 3 April bound for London (Virginia Gazette [Purdie and Dixon; Williamsburg], 16 April 1767).

1GW credited £99.9.8 to his account with Cary & Co. in 1767, “To Jno. & Chas. Oneill’s draft on Thos Wilkenson & Co. Merchts London” (General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 198). GW wrote by mistake both “&” and “and” between “Wilkenson” and “Company.”

2The goods Capt. John Johnstoun brought were those that GW ordered on 23, 28 June and 21 July 1766 and sent by Cary with the invoice of 17 Nov. 1766. John Boyes in the Nautilus was bringing the goods directed to Joseph Valentine, by an invoice dated 31 Jan. 1767, for GW’s and John Parke Custis’s York River plantations. GW acknowledged their receipt in a letter to Cary of 17 May 1767.

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