From Capel & Osgood Hanbury
London March 17th 1768
We wrote thee Captn Esten who we hope by this time is safe arrived in Virginia and likely to meet a quick dispatch1—Thy bill on Accot of J.P. Custis for £100 is accepted.2 We have sold only one of the Estates 8 Hhds Tobacco the Hanbury vizt at 3d.—hope ere long to be enabled to make up and forward the Sales of that Ships Cargo, and intend soon to send our friends Accots Cur[ren]t—We wish to be favour’d with a large share of the Estates Consignments by Capt. Esten, as also thy friendly assistance to him with some of thy own Tobacco, not doubting but we shall be able to return satisfactory Accot Sales—We have Charter’d 350 Hogshds in the Good-Intent, Capt. Necks by whom this comes3—if it should be convenient to thee to assist her in Loading it will be acknowledged as a favor. We are with much Esteem Thy assured Friends
C. & O. Hanbury
LS, DLC:GW. The letter was addressed to GW at “Mount Pleasant Virginia” and sent “ Capt. [Robert] Necks.” Hanbury’s letter of this date directed to John Parke Custis is virtually identical.
1. The letter was dated 10 Dec. 1767.
3. Hanbury had “Charter’d,” or hired, the ship to pick up and deliver 350 hogsheads of tobacco.