To Richard Washington
Mount Vernon, Decr 26th 1757
I have been under concern for sometime past at your long Silence; and have been put to many Shifts, and some Expence for want of my Goods: I have wrote you several times and addressd Copies, to which be referd.1
I have now to inform you that finding no Ships for London and despairing of oppertunities of consigning to yourself; I have put on board the Nugent Only, Captn Copythorne for Bristol, fourteen Hhds of best Sweet Scented Tobo (this years Crop) and Consignd them to Mr Knox who I have drawn upon for some few things and desird him to pay the Balle of this as also of some former Tobos into your Hands2—I shall Ship more in the first Vessells for London, or else where if I find the Markets favourable—I hope you will take the first oppertunity of sending me (if you have not already done it) all the Goods which, from time to time I have wrote for,3 and Inclose at the same time my Acct Currt.4 I am, with great Esteem Dr Sir, Yr Most Obedt & Affecte Servt
LB, DLC:GW. The letter-book copy is in GW’s later hand.
1. See GW to Richard Washington, 15 April, 10 Sept., and September 1757. See also Richard Washington’s Invoice, 20 Aug., and 10 Nov. 1757. GW did not receive the goods listed in the August 1757 invoice until March 1758.
4. GW has the following entries on the credit side of his ledger regarding his account with Richard Washington before December 1757 (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 15):
|Apl 14||To my Order on Mr Anthoy Bacon||6.18. 1|
|Octr 26||To a Bill of Excha: on Mr Hicks||34.|
|July||To three hogshds Tobo Shipd you pr Captn Merrie||18.13.10|
|To Loss on 4 Hdds Tobo pr the Integrity to Captn [John] Thompson||36.|
|Septr 10||To my Order on Mr [Anthony] Bacon for the Nett proceeds of Eight Hogsheads Tobo shipd pr Captn Younger||57.16|
|Octr||To Eight Hhds Shipd you pr Captn McKay [James Mackie] in the Alexa||37.19. 6|
|To my Order on Mr Knox of Bristol for the Ballance of my acct”|