George Washington Papers

To George Washington from George Bowdon, 24 March 1761

From George Bowdon

Liverpool [England] 24 march 1761


This I hope will be Convey’d to you by Capt. John Marshall in the Snow Virginian, who is again destined into Potomac River1 by Messrs Crosbies & Trafford to make farther Interest in the Tobacco Comm. way2—and as I shall transact this branch of Business for these Gentlemen, I take this oppertunity in Acquainting you as well as my other Friends, that if you’ll be kind enough to favour Capt. Marshall with a few Hheads of your Tobacco’s upon Tryal perticular ⟨car⟩e will be taken in the Disposal of them to the best advantage, any orders you give for Goods will be punctually comply’d with, and I make no doubt but you will meet with such encouragement as will enable you to ship another year, In Short you may rest yourself Assur’d that do you chuse to make Tryal of these Gentlemen Nothing shall be wanting to render you or any other Shipper all the satisfaction that is in the p⟨ower⟩3 of Sir Yr Most obedt Hble Servant For Messrs Crosbies & Trafford

Geo: Bowdon


1The snow Virginian, Capt. John Marshall, owned by William Trafford & Co., entered South Potomac, 25 May 1761, and cleared outward on 10 Oct. 1761 with thirty-six hogsheads of tobacco.

2GW did not ship tobacco to George Bowdon in 1761, but he did ship four hogsheads to the firm of William Trafford and John Crosbie in 1765. See GW to Crosbies & Trafford, 6 Mar. 1765.

3The mutilated portions of the words “care” and “power” in angle brackets are taken from Hamilton, Letters to Washington description begins Stanislaus Murray Hamilton, ed. Letters to Washington and Accompanying Papers. 5 vols. Boston and New York, 1898–1902. description ends , 3:210–11.

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