To Capel & Osgood Hanbury
Williamsburg 5th May 1768
Your Letters to Master Custis & myself of the 10th of Decr by Captn Eston are both come to my hands and I have directed Ten Hhds of the young Gentns Tobo to be put on board his Ship to your Address; which, considering the very short crop we made last year is a larger proportion of his Tobo than you have had yet1—On this quantity you will please to Insure £10 pr Hhd & carry the proceeds to his Credit.2 Having discontinued the growth of Tobo myself, except at a Plantation or two upon York River, I make no more of that Article than barely serves to furnish me with Goods this is the Reason therefore why I send it undivided to Messrs Cary & Co. as it is from that House I always get the necessaries wanted for my Family’s use.
I shoud be very glad if you woud make it an invariable Rule (while our corrispondance in behalf of Mastr Custis to whom I am Guardian continues) to send me in his Acct Currt once a year; this, besides the satisfaction of comparing them with my own Accts is necessary in Settling my Administration Accts annually with the Genl Court. I am Gentn Yr Most Hble Servt
ALB, DLC:GW. GW noted at the end of this letter: “This & the above Letter [to Robert Cary & Co., 5 May] were both intended to go by the Lord Baltimore Captn Mitchell—but whether they got on board or not I cannot be absolutely certain.” The Hanburys’ letter of 20 June 1768 indicates that they had received GW’s letter by that date.