George Washington Papers

To George Washington from James Gildart, 12 April 1768

From James Gildart

Leverpoole [England] April 12th 1768


Mutilated⟩ Refering to my last of the 16th July per the Oak Capt. McDaniel Since wch have not been favoured wth any of yours. as yet have only Sold one of Mr J. P. Custis’s 4 hhds Tobo per the JnoSon1 & that At 2½ per being part mixed Stemed & leafe the price ⟨mutilated⟩ advanced & now from 2½ to 3½ per. It was luckey for my Friends I did not Sell on the Ships Arrivall As then the Cargoe would not have yielded 2d. permutilated⟩ & now we sell nothing under 2½ or ⅝ per Altho. the last years Importation was very poor & ordinary the D. P. C. are the very worst I ever had from the Estate, I can Scarce Cred. their being the growth of York River the Gentlemn that use to buy them would not look at them depend the best shall be made of them that can be[.] we had last year a la⟨rge⟩ Importn of Hemp from America but so very Ill dressed that the price has declined ⟨many a parcell of illegible⟩ from Maryd Sold at ⟨mutilatedper Ton. If your Farmers wont take more pains to Clean it I am Aprehensive our Officers will not Allow the bounty in short its not Marchanable[.] Wheat continues very high in England & likely to be so till our harvest. we are now Importing America Grain from Spain & Italy whose Marketts you have over Stocked. Some Cargoes are expected from Philad. but I hear of none from you or Maryd they would now pay extreamly well being from 6/ to 6/4 per 70 Lb. & its a grain that Never heats or damages in the Passage If in good Cond. when Shipt as we have no Stocks in England It will Certainly be wanted the Next year that I wish your Country may be able to Supply us & am Respy Sir Yr Most Obt Sert

Jam. Gildart

ALS, ViHi: Custis Papers. The letter is addressed: “To Coll George Washington Mount Vernon, Potomack River Virginia per the Totness Capt. [James] Wignell.”

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