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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...
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...
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...
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 Parke Custis —I am Gentn Yr Most Obedt Servt ALS (facsimile), Historical Documents International, catalog no. 1.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...
Since writing my Invoice of the 10th Instt my Gardiner has furnish’d me with a compleat list of such Seeds as he will want, which please to send instead of the few then wrote for. I have also recollected some other Articles as underneath which I should be glad to have added to my Invoice & forwarded along with the other Goods, which will much oblige Your Most Obedt Servt ALB , DLC:GW . There...
On the 20th of November from Williamsburg I advisd you of two Bills I had just drawn on you, desiring they might be placed to the Account of Mr Custis; one of them for One hundred and fifty pounds; & the other of Two hundred and fifty; the last of which was sold and will be presented to you for payment —the other I have taken in, having now of this date, drawn another in its place of One...
This serves to cover a certificate of the Tobo I shipd you in the Cary, which I hope will answer the end of a Bill of Lading. I am told it will do instead of Recording the Bill, and as it is less expensive and soonest come at, I embrace the method. Since my last I have passd a set of Bills in favour of Mr George Brent (instead of Robt Brent) for Two hundred pounds Sterling which please to pay...
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,...