George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Hanburys & Lloyd, 24 March 1774

From Hanburys & Lloyd

George Washington

Exr of John Park CustisLondon 24 March 1774

Thy favor of 4 Novemr is now before us the Bills thou mention’d to have drawn on us in favor of John Page vizt for £160 & £140 have appear’d & are duly accepted, thou omittedst mentioning in the Bills their being drawn as Exr to John Park Custis they will be plac’d to the debit of that Accot in due course1 We observe it was thy intention to have favor’d us with 10 Hogsheads of the Estates Crop last year but wast prevented by a mistake of thy Manager2—We have ⟨mutilated Capt.⟩ Esten in the Hanbury for the accommodation of our friends & hope to partake of thy consignments by his return thou mayst depend no care shall be wanting to make the most of everything entrusted to us—the prices of Tobacco for exportation are from 1⅞ to 3½d. per lb. & from 8½ to 11d. for home consumption according to the quality. the very finest will produce something more & we think the market is rather advancing—we are now balancing the Accots of Osgood Hanbury & Co. to 1 Jany last from that time the Business will be continued under the present Firm—We herewith inclose the Accot Currt with John Park Custis which we hope thou wilt find right if otherwise please to point out the Error & it shall be rectified we are sorry to find our not sending it sooner has been attended with some inconveniency but beg leave to assure thee it shall not be the case for the future.3 wishing thee Health & Happi⟨ness⟩ we remain with respect thy assured friends

Hanburys & Lloyd

LS, ViHi: Custis Papers.

1GW was offended by what he took to be the Hanburys’ raising questions about his acting for John Parke Custis. See GW to Hanburys & Lloyd, 1 June.

2For James Hill’s “mistake” in shipping tobacco the previous year, see Hill to GW, 19 June, 2–3 July 1773.

3The enclosed account with John Parke Custis has not been found. On this same date the Hanburys addressed the following letter to John Parke Custis: “We did ourselves the pleasure of writing thee 13 March last per the Hanbury Capt. Esten since when are sorry to find we have not receiv’d any of thy favors—we have again sent him in the same Ship for the accommodation of our friends & hope to receive thy Tobacco as usual by his return—thou mayst depend no care shall be wanting to make the most of everything entrusted to us—the prices of Tobo for exportation are from 1⅞ to 3½ per lb. & from 8½ to 11d. for home consumption—according to the quality—the very finest will produce something more & we think the market is rather advancing—we are now balancing the Accots of Osgood Hanbury & Co. to 1 Jany last & thy Accot Currt shall be forwarded as soon as possible: from that time the Business will be continued under the present Firm—wishing thee Health & Happiness we remain with respect thy assured friends Hanburys & Lloyd” (ViHi: Custis Papers).

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