George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Farell & Jones, 30 July 1760

To Farell & Jones

Mount Vernon Potk Rivr Virginia 30th July 1760


Captn Cawsey at the time he receivd my Tobo wrote me, that he shoud be in these parts before he Saild in order to give Bills of Lading and receive Letters for your House. But I suppose the Captns business renderd it inconvenient for him to do so, and my not seeing, nor hearing from him since, and getting no Bills of Lading at all, must plead an excuse for my silence till now.1

He has doubtless informd you that I had Eight Hogsheads on Board the Tyger, which please to sell to the best advantage, and out of the proceeds pay Mr Knox the Sterling Sum of Fifty one pounds five Shillings and Eleven pence balle of my Account with him.

I have once or twice in my Life been very sensibly disappointed in the Sales of some Tobacco’s—and that in Bristol—which obliges me to add that if these Eight Hhds dont fetch the Amount of Mr Knox’s Account I must nevertheless desire the favour of you to discharge it, and draw for the Balle on Robt Cary Esqr. & Comy London, who will immediately pay what you may advance on my behalf2—I am Sir Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt

Go: Washington

By the Nugent Only, Captn Copithorn.

Copy, By Captn Littledale, in the Hero.3

LB, in GW’s hand, DLC:GW.

William Jones and Joseph Farell were Bristol merchants active in the Virginia tobacco trade. John Wayles served as their representative in Virginia.

1Capt. John Cawsey of the Tyger, which sailed for Farell & Jones of Bristol, cleared the Rappahannock on 3 May 1760.

2GW shipped two hogsheads of tobacco to Thomas Knox of Bristol late in 1755, eight in 1757, and fourteen in 1758. GW’s most recent letter to Knox is dated 18 Mar. 1758, and Knox made his last shipment of goods to GW in August 1758. This order for payment of £51.5.11 closed out his account with Knox. See General Ledger A description begins General Ledger A, 1750–1772. Library of Congress, George Washington Papers, Series 5, Financial Papers. description ends , folio 16; GW to Knox, 30 July; and GW to Robert Cary & Co., 10 Aug. 1760. For an earlier complaint about Knox, see GW to Richard Washington, 7 May 1759.

3Capt. Isaac Littledale’s new Virginia-built ship Hero was owned by Isaac Littledale and Co. of Whitehaven.

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