From Capel & Osgood Hanbury
London March 28, 1763
wrote thee the Randolph to wch refer1 since that we have not had the pleasure of one line from thee: and it gives us concern the not having one Hd Tobacco from thee for some Years past,2 hope it will not be the case again this Year & that Capt. Esten we shall receive some fine Tobacco from thee & then we doubt not of geting as good price for it.3 We are yet without any proof of the Speakers Tobacco on board the Deliverance consequently the loss remains unadjusted and must remain so untill Bills of Ladeing or an attestd Certificate is sent us.4 This Summer we intend to forward our friends Accots Current & are wth Esteem Thy Assurd Friends
C. & O. Hanbury
LS, ViHi: Custis Papers.
1. The ship Randolph, Robert Walker master, arrived at the port of Hampton on 25 April 1763, but the Hanburys obviously were referring to an earlier voyage. The letter of theirs to which they are referring is probably that of 29 July 1762.
3. James Esten, who had been captain of the ship Joseph when it was captured by the French in the summer of 1762, entered the port of Hampton in the Hanbury on 25 April 1763. GW gave him twelve hogsheads of John Parke Custis’s tobacco for the Hanburys.