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We have the pleasure to advise the safe arrival of Capt. Esten thy 12 Hds Tobacco by him shall be taken all possible care of. We are not yet ennabled to compleat the Sales of the 12 Hds ⅌ the America owing the meanness of the quality and Badness of the scent of some of it & indeed that 12 Hds were in general so bad that the Buyers would not believe that it was the right Crops of thy marks—It...
It gives us a real concern that we are not favourd wth any part of thy Crops ⅌ the Hanbury this Summer—we assure thee that all possible Care should be taken by us to make the most of it & we flatter ourselvs that we can & do render as good Accots Sales as any Mercht at this Port for Tobacco of the same quality sold at the same time —as we have not had a line from thee shall not now add farther...
We wrote thee by Capt. Necks wth thy Accot Current. it will be a Satisfaction to us to hear that it is got to hand & pro⟨v⟩es right. Inclosd we send the Sale of thy 12 Hds Tobacco ⅌ the Fauquier. we can truly say that no care has been wanting in us to make the most thereof. We hope by Capt. Esten or by Capt. Necks to be favourd wth a larger Share of thy Consignments—Our Market is rather heavy...
Inclosd we send the Accot Sales of thy 12 Hhds Tobacco ⅌ the Hanbury we assure thee that no care or endeavou⟨r⟩s of ours have been wanting to make the most thereof It gives us a real Concern that we are not favourd wth a larger part of thy Consignments we flatter ourselves that we can make as much of thy Crops as Carys or any other House if thee will give us the opportunity we will endeavour...
We have the pleasure to advise the safe arrival of Capt. Esten. no care shall be wanting in us to make the most of thy 8 Hhds Tobacco. it gives us concern that we are not favourd wth a larger share of thy Consignments we flatter our Selves that our Account Sales are as good as Messrs Carys & Co. by the return of Capt. Esten next Spring let us partake of an equal share & an impartial division...
Inclos’d we send the Sales of thy 8 Hhds Tobacco ⅌ the Hanbury, Nt proceeds £114. ⟨ Mutilated ⟩, hope they will meet with thy approbation, of which it will give us pleasure to be inform’d. We have just had the satisfaction of receiving our friend Geo: Washingtons favor of 5th May The Insurance therein directed on 10 Hhds of thy Tobacco by Capt. Esten, shall be duly made, and no endeavours of...
Our last to Thee was 18 Feby ⅌ the Hanbury Capn Esten who we hope long’ere this is safe arriv’d & has made a good progress in her loading so that we may have her home again before the bad weather sets in. This now comes ⅌ the Lunn & Lloyd Capn Necks & inclos’d is thy Accot Current with C. & O. Hanbury to 1st Novr last that being the period from which the present firm commences which we hope on...
I have been called upon by the unanimous voice of the Colonies to take the command of the Continental Army—It is an honour I neither sought after, or was by any means fond of accepting, from a consciousness of my own inexperience, and inability to discharge the duties of so important a Trust. However, as the partiallity of the Congress have placed me in this distinguished point of view, I can...
Letter not found: to John Parke Custis, 4 June 1776. On 10 June John Parke Custis wrote to GW : “Your Favor of the 4th inst. . . . came to Hand last Saturday.”
Letter not found: to John Parke Custis, 8 July 1776. Custis wrote GW on 8 Aug. : “Your Letters of the 8th & 24th Ulto came safely to Hand.”
I wrote to you two or three Posts ago, since which your Letter of the 10th Instt is come to hand. with respect to the proposed exchange of Lands with Colo. Thos Moore, I have not a competent knowledge of either Tract, to give an opinion with any degree of precission; but from the situation of Moore’s Land, and its contiguity to a large part of your Estate, and where you will probably make your...
Letter not found: to John Parke Custis, 26 Oct. 1776. The Custis Papers at the Virginia Historical Society include a “List of Washington’s letters sent to B[enjamin] Lossing,” one of which is a letter to John Parke Custis of “26 Oct. 1776” written at New York.
Your Letter of the 7th came to my hands a few days ago, and brot with it the pleasing reflection of your still holding me in remembrance. The misfortune of short Inlistments, and an unhappy dependance upon Militia, have shewn their baneful Influence at every period, and almost upon every occasion, throughout the whole course of this War. at no time, nor upon no occasion were they ever more...
Letter not found: to John Parke Custis, 18 Aug. 1777. When writing to GW on 11 Sept. , Custis says: “Your kind Favour of the 18th Ult. came safe to Hand.”
Your Letter of the 11th Instt came to my hands yesterday. It was always my Intention, if agreeable to your Mother, to give you the offer of Renting her Dower Estate in King William during my Interest therein, so soon as you came of age to act for your self. On two Accts I resolved to do this; first, because I was desirous of contracting my own business into as narrow a compass as possible—and...
Letter not found: to John Parke Custis, 28 Sept. 1777. Custis refers in his letter to GW of 26 Oct. 1777 to “Your two Letters of the 28 Ult.”
Your Letter of the 26th Ulto came to my hands in due course of Post. I observe what you say respecting the Renting of Claibornes. It is not my wish to Lett it for any longer term than your Mama Inclines to, and at no rate for her life, unless it is perfectly agreeable to her—this I did conceive would have been the case (as I think she informd me) to you; but if it is not, I am equally well...
I will just write you a few lines in acknowledgment of your Letter of the 14th Ulto; which was detaind by the Posts not being able to cross Susquehanna, till the Evening before last. I congratualte you upon the birth of another daughter, & Nelly’s good health; & heartily wish the last may continue, & the other be a blessing to you. The money received for your Land was, I think, well applied,...
Letter not found: to John Parke Custis, 1 Mar. 1778. On 3 April, Custis wrote Martha Washington: “My Affecte Regards to the General. . . . I return Him many Thanks for his Letter of the 1st of which got to my Hands on Tuesday last” ( Fields, Papers of Martha Washington Joseph E. Fields, ed. “Worthy Partner”: The Papers of Martha Washington . Westport, Conn., and London, 1994. , 178–79).
Your Letter of the 11th Instt with a Deed to Mr Henry came safe by Mr Lund Washington—In lieu of the latter, I have executed a Deed to you, conveying all the right title and Interest which I, or any person claiming by, from, or under me can have to the Land. More than this cannot be expected, as I purchased the Land at your own desire; by the advice of your friends; and without intending, or...
Your Letter of the 15th Ulto from New Kent came to my hands by the last Post, and gave me the pleasure of hearing that you, Nelly, & the little ones were well. You should not delay recording my Deed to you, because you cannot, I am told, make a proper conveyance to Henry till this happens the postponing of it therefore may not be a pleasing circumstance to him. As you seemed so desirous of...
I thank you for your cordial and affectionate congratulations on our late success at Monmouth, and the arrival of the French Fleet at the hook —the first might, I think, have been a glorious day, if matters had begun well in the Morning; but as the Court Martial which has been setting upwards of a Month for the tryal of Genl Lee, is not yet over, I do not choose to say any thing on the...
Letter not found: to John Parke Custis, c.23 Sept. 1778. GW wrote Richard Henry Lee on 23 Sept. : “I think it likely that Mr Custis (& Colo. Bassett) may be in Phila. at the time this Letter may come to your hands—if so, I will thank you for causing to be delivered to him, a Letter herewith addressed to your care” (see also Richard Henry Lee to GW, 5 Oct. 1778 ).
I have now—at your request—given my full consent to the Sale of the Lands wch I hold in right of Dower in a Tract in the County of York—to a Water Grist Mill thereon—To Lotts in the City of Williamsburg—and others in James Town—As also to your Renting, or otherwise disposing, of the other Dower Lands & Slaves which I am possessed of in the County of King William upon the terms which have been...
The Inclosed came to my hands by the last Post. The Enemy have been very busy since their return from the Jerseys in Imbarking Troops—Nine Regiments are compleated to their full establishment by drafts from some others which are reduced, & these I am perswaded are destined for the West Indies—Whether the rest of the Troops will remain in New York—return to England—or go to Hallifax is yet...
If my Brother, to whom the Inclosed is addressed, should not be a Member of Assembly, & in Williamsbg, I should be glad if you would contrive it to him by a safe hand. The Enemy still continue to keep us in suspence, & baffle all conjecture—they have five or Six thousand Men at this time actually on board transports, lying in New York bay; and a fleet of more than a hundred Sail left the Hook...
The Letter herewith sent for Mr Hill is left open for your perusal; after reading which, Seal & cause it to be safely delivered. He will find my sentiments fully expressed, and I hope will make no further appeals to me on the Subject of his Wages. You had better take the whole Crop of Corn Fodder &ca so soon as measured, at such a price as Colo. Bassett shall fix, and if the same thing was...
Your Letter of the 12th of last Month from Williamsburg is got safe to hand, & I am obliged to you for the Deed which you have got from the Secretary’s Office in Richmond & purposed bringing to Lund Washington. You say I shall be surprized at the slow progress made by your Assembly in the passage of the Bills through both Houses. I really am not, nor shall I, I believe, be again surprized at...
In answer to your Letter of the 11th Instt I candidly acknowledge I am at a loss what advice to give you—with precision—respecting the Sale of your Estate upon the Eastern shore; but upon the whole, in the present uncertain state of things should were I in your place postpone the measure a while longer. Your own observation must have convinced you of the rapid depreciation of the paper...
Your letter of the 7th of last Month came duly to hand—& should have been acknowledged sooner but for the load of business which has pressed upon me of late. With respect to the valuation of the Cattle (by Colo. Bassett) wch you had of me last Fall I do not conceive there will be real occasion for any dispute. I want nothing but justice and as you declare yr willingness to do this we cannot...