George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Richard Washington, 26 December 1757

To Richard Washington

Mount Vernon, Decr 26th 1757

Dear Sir,

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

Go: Washington

LB, DLC:GW. The letter-book copy is in GW’s later hand.

1See 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.

4GW has the following entries on the credit side of his ledger regarding his account with Richard Washington before December 1757 (General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 15):

“1756 Sterling
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”

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