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Since mine of the 27th Ulto Captn McGachin who will do me the favour to deliver this, and who for several years past has commanded a Convict Ship into this River (a service neither consistent with his Inclinations or Health to persevere in) has expressed a desire of being recommended to the Command of the Ship which you have given us Reasons to expect into Potomack —A Request I do most readily...
In a Letter of the 10th Ulto I inform’d you of a purchase I had in contemplation. I have now made it, & have drawn the following Bills upon you, which please to pay & place to the Acct of Mr Custis, for whose benefit the Lands are bought —viz. To Peyton Randolph John Page & Charles Carter Esqrs. £3679.5 4th Decr 1773. To Edwd Charlton 350   Do Do Do To Benjn Walker Esqr. 100   3 Do Do  Ditto...
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...
Invoice of Goods to be Shipd by Robt Cary Esqr. & Co. for the use of George Washington—Potomack River—Virginia—Viz. 1 dozn HL Hinges to suit a comn sizd door 25 M 4d. Sharp point Nails 1 Cask of 8d. Flat point Do 5 M 30d. Do Do Do 6 Splinter Locks middle sizd 6 la: strong Padlocks differt Wards 6 best Stock Locks at abt 3/ difft Wards 1 dozn xcut Saw files 3 dozn la: Whipsaw files 2 dozn...
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...
On board the Nautilus Captn Boyes I have consigned you Twenty two hhds of my Tobacco, and Thirty of Master Custis; and in the Brunswick Captn Hurling from James River there are Ten more of mine, and Twenty nine of Master Custis’s to your address likewise on which please to make proper Insurance. I have just received advice, that Captn Cuzzens in the Unity after having been at Sea sometime...
Your Letter & Goods by Boyes for our Plantations on York River have come safe to hand as I wish Mrs Dandridges also had done she being a good deal disappointed in having them withheld from her —I must now desire that the Inclosed order may be complied with, & the Goods sent by the ⟨fi⟩rst ship bound to York River (chargd to me) still hoping that they may ⟨c⟩ome to hand some time this Fall. I...
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...
This serves to advise you of a Draft this day in favour of Mr Walter Magowan for Fifty pounds Sterling which please to pay and place to the Account’s of Master and Miss Custis in equal proportion’s. I am Gentn Yr Hble Servt ALB , DLC:GW .
The Inclosd is the Ministers Certificate of my Marriage with Mrs Martha Custis—properly as I am told—Authenticated, you will therefore for the future please to address all your Letters which relate to the Affairs of the late Danl Parke Custis Esqr. to me. as by Marriage I am entitled to a third part of that Estate, and Invested likewise with the care of the other two thirds by a Decree of our...
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,...
I have this day drawn upon you in behalf of Mr John Parke Custis, & in favour of Thomas Eden Esqr. the Sum of Sixty Six pounds Sixteen shillings and four pence Sterlg which please to pay and place to that Account. Inclosed is an order upon Messrs Hanbury & Co. for the proceeds of Twelve Hogsheads of Tobacco Shipd them in June last by Captn Esten—as also for the Balle of the Acct with Mr John...
On board the Russia Merchant Captn Boyes I have shipd you Fifteen Hhds more of my own, and Jno. Parke Custis’s Tobo which please to Insure in the usual manner —By mistake four of the 54 Hhds intended you by the Cary were left out (serving now to make up the above 15)—I suppose the Insurance of them may be withdrawn. Please to send two Seins by the first Ship to York River directed to the care...
This serves to address a copy of my last, and at the sametime to inform you that I have just receivd advice from my Steward of the Tobacco which he has put on Board the Argo; amounting in the whole to Seventy Hhds; Thirty of which belongs to me, and the rest to my Ward Jno. Parke Custis. You will please to make a proper Insurance thereon, and as you may readily perceive how much the usual...
The Inclosed is a Copy of my last of the 22d Ulto—We have been curiously entertained of late with the description of an Engine lately constructed (I beleive in Switzerland, and undergone some Improvements since in England) for taking up Trees by the Roots—among other things it is related that Trees of considerable Diameter are forced up by this Engine—that Six hands in working one of them will...
Invoice of Sundry Goods to be sent by Robert Cary Esqr. and Co. for the use of George Washington—Virginia 800 Ells Oznabrigs 300 Yds best Cotton 4 pieces best Dutch Blanketting 2 pieces Fearnought 4 dozn pr very large Pld Hose 4 dozn pr of a Size Smaller 2 dozn pair for boys & Girls 2 pieces of Irish Linnen @3/6 1 piece ditto @2/ 2 pieces ditto @1/ 1 piece Irish Oznab: to be soft & white...
I had but just closed my Letter of the 10th which goes by this oppy, & contains my Invoices, when I receivd advice from Mr Hill of the Tobaccos which he either had, or intended to put on board the Rising Sun; but as it seemd to be a matter of doubt whether the Eastern Shore Crop either had, or would be got to the Ship, I do not know how to ascertain the Insurance of Mr Custis’s Tobo by the...
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,...
Since my last, I have got Six Hhds more of my Tobacco from the Mountains, and have put them on board the Polly Ogle Captn Benja. Dawson to your address—Please to have them Insured—these are all I coud get down for this Ship —there yet remains four or five others which I suppose must continue for the Spring Shipping as there is but little chance of getting them forwarded this Fall. I am Gentn...
On the other side you will receive Invoices of such Goods as are wanted for Mr Custis’s Plantation’s and mine on York River which please to send out in the usual manner—to the care of Mr Joseph Valentine. To the young Gentleman’s Invoice for Potomack please to add a pair of Stone knee Buckles. I am Gentn Yr Most Hble Servt ALB , DLC:GW . GW noted that the letter was sent by Capt. William...
A Relation and Friend of mine having desired me to send for a Post Chariot for him, I now do it in the Words of his own Memm which are as follows. “Colo. Washington to send for a neat light Post Chariot for F.L. of a price not exceeding One hundred pounds Sterling and to have light Harness for Six Horses. To desire the favour of the Merchant not to let the Tradesman know it is to be sent...
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 have drawn upon you this day in favour of Marmaduke Norfleet for One hundred pounds Sterling which please to pay and place to Acct of Mr. Jno. Parke Custis —I am Gentn Yr Most Obedt Servt ALS (facsimile), Historical Documents International, catalog no. 1. See Cash Accounts, Nov. 1769, n.1 , and Cash Accounts, Dec. 1769 .
I am now at this place with Mr Custis (my Ward) who I have brought to the College here; in fixing him properly at it, I find it proper to draw upon you, on his Acct, for one hundred pounds Sterlg in favour of the Reverend Doctr Cowper the President thereof, which Draft bears date with this Letter—please therefore to make payment & place it to Acct of this Young Gentleman. I shall, it is...
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...