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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 .
I should be obliged to you for forwarding the Inclosed. I am Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt ALB , DLC:GW . See GW to Charles Lawrence, this date.
I have just drawn upon you (of this date) for Fifty pounds Sterg in favour of James Cocke Esqr. which please to pay & place to Acct of Mr Jno. Parke Custis. I am Gentn Yr Most Obedt H. Servt ALB , DLC:GW . James Cocke, a merchant in Williamburg, was elected mayor of the town in 1767. See Guardian Accounts, 5 May 1769 .
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...