George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Robert Cary & Company, 1 May 1764

To Robert Cary & Company

Williamsburg 1st May 1764.

Gentn

The Copy of your Letter of the 13th of February—by Talman—is come to hand, but for want of the account Inclosed in the Original I am at a loss to conceive how my ballance can possibly be so much as £1811.1.1 in your favour, or Master Custis’s so little as £1407.14.7 in his; however as the several accts will shew what Articles are charged and credited—without which there can be no judging—I shall postpone an explicit answer till they arrive.1

Your observation’s in regard to the money which Master Custis has in your hands are most certainly just, for his Acct and mine althô both under my directions, are become very distinct things since the Settlement of the Estate and on his behalf I now draw three Bills upon you—two of them in favour of Fielding Lewis Esqr. for £100 & £500 and the 3d in favour of Mr James Gibson for £200 makg in all £800 for which Sums your acct will have credit not doubting the due acceptance of the Bills.2

As to my own Debt I shall have no objections to allowing you Interest upon it untill it is discharged and you may charge it accordingly from this time forward, but had my Tobacco sold as I expected and the Bills been paid according to promise I was in hopes to have fallen very little in arrears; however as it is otherwise I shall endeavour to discharge the Balle as fast as I can, flattering myself there will be no just cause for complts of the Tobacco this year3—What little I make upon Potomack—which indeed will not exceed 30 or 35 Hhds—will I hope be of a better quality than the last4—& from this River (York) there remains 81 Hhds which I am told will proove good, 21 of which belongs to me and the other 60 to Master Custis5—of the 52 which went in Mathers 15 were mine & 37 Master Custis’s.6

I wish my fears may not proove true, but I am very apprehensive Boyes will stick long upon hand here, however what Tobacco I have both on this River & Potomack shall be applied in loading of him7 and I wish a better dispatch to the Ship than many of your Corrispondants seem Inclined to give to it being, Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt

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1Cary’s letter of 13 Feb. 1764 has not been found, but see the invoice from Cary of that date. GW wrote Cary on 10 Aug. 1764 that he had received his account current from Cary, which has not been found. See his running account with Robert Cary & Co. in Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 67, 198.

3See GW’s lengthy exposition of his financial relations with Cary in his letter to Cary of 10 Aug. 1764.

4In July 1764 GW shipped twenty hogsheads of his Potomac tobacco to Cary aboard the William and Mary, John Boyes captain, and six more from Frederick County aboard the Polly Ogle in October 1764 (see GW to Cary, 10 Aug. and 8 Oct. 1764, and Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 164). He received from Cary £135.18 for the twenty hogsheads in the William and Mary and £40.4.10 for the six in the Polly Ogle (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 198).

5GW received £291.4 sterling for the forty-one hogsheads of tobacco belonging to him shipped aboard the William and Mary, twenty-one of which were from his plantations in York and King William counties, the remainder from Fairfax and Frederick (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 163–64, 198).

6GW received £123.19 for the fifteen hogsheads of his own tobacco shipped in Captain Mather’s British King (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 198).

7See notes 4 and 5.

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