From Thomas Clagett & Company
London 10 February 1787
Having established a House in this City with a view of transacting business on Consignment we beg leave to make you a tender of Our Services, and to Solicit a share of your confidence and favours.
Being determined to enter into no Engagements which might deprive us of the means of executing on the very best terms the Business entrusted to our care, We mean, therefore, cautiously to avoid Shipping Goods but for Property actually in hand.
We shall pay ready Money for every article we purchase and give our Correspondents Credit for the Discounts and Drawbacks at the foot of each bill of parcels. On Tobacco we charge the same Commission as the first Houses in London have done for the two last years, and on Goods 2½ Ct & ½ Ct for making Insurance.
We sincerely hope these Terms will meet your Approbation, and as we apprehend they will confine our Business to narrow limits, we shall, of course, be the better able to attend to that which may fall into our hands. We are very respectfully Sir Your most Obedt Servts
Tho: Clagett & Co.
This may be Thomas Clagett (1741–1792), a merchant in Piscataway, Prince Georges County, Md., whose brother Horatio became a successful merchant in London after the Revolution (Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, description begins Edward C. Papenfuse et al., eds. A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1635–1789. 2 vols. Baltimore, 1979–85. description ends 1:220–21; Bowie, Prince George’s County, description begins Effie Gwynn Bowie. Across the Years in Prince George’s County: A Genealogical and Biographical History of Some Prince George’s County, Maryland and Allied Families. Richmond, 1947. description ends 126–27).