George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Anthony Bacon & Company, 10 September 1757

To Anthony Bacon & Company

[Fort Loudoun, 10 September 1757]


I hope by the time this comes to hand you will receive Eighteen Hogsheads of my Tobo Ten in the Integrety and eight in the endeavour Captns Thompson & Younger. That in Captn Thompson was of the best Sweetscented, neatly handled; and must if the ship arrivd Safe get to Market in the Nick of time—The other by Captn Younger is also of the best quality and Weights, for which Reasons I expect they will Command such prices as I know the like to Tobo fetches to my Acquaintances in Virginia.1

I cant forbear confessing Sir, that the exceeding low price you got for my first venture to you discouragd me for sometime from making a Second;2 but as I expect for the time to come, to Ship, if I find my Accts in it, a pretty considerable quantity of the bests Tobos of my own growth annually I flatter myself you will deal by me in such a manner as to render a change of Merchts unnecessary. The Nett proceeds of these Tobaccos you will please pay my name-sake Mr Richd Washington.

I thank you very heartily Sir, for the Magazine you sent me, and your kind offer to render me Services3—I am now removd to this place and shall if continued at it, be more convenient than I have been to Cultivate a more intimate corrispondance.

LB, DLC:GW. This is in a letter book, written in GW’s hand, devoted to his business correspondence. The closing of the letter and the signature have been cut out.

GW had been conducting business with Anthony Bacon (c.1717–1786), formerly a ship captain in the Maryland trade and now a prospering London merchant, at least since October 1754 (see Invoice, 23 Oct. 1754, and GW to Bacon, 6 Dec. 1755).

1See John Carlyle to GW, 2 Dec. 1756, n.2, for a description of GW’s tobacco shipments in early 1757. The shipment of goods from Richard Washington to GW in 1756 had come in Captain Younger’s Endeavour (see GW to Richard Washington, 15 April 1757, n.1).

2GW shipped Bacon two hogsheads in 1755 and eighteen in 1757, ten of which in the Integrity were lost (see Carlyle to GW, 2 Dec. 1756, n.2); there is no evidence that GW had any further dealings with Bacon after writing this letter.

3No communication from Bacon to GW has been found.

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