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TO ROBERT CARY AND COMPANY, MERCHANTS, LONDON. - George Washington, The Writings of George Washington, vol. II (1758-1775) 
The Writings of George Washington, collected and edited by Worthington Chauncey Ford (New York and London: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1889). Vol. II (1758-1775).
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TO ROBERT CARY AND COMPANY, MERCHANTS, LONDON.
Williamsburg, 1 May, 1759.
The inclosed is the minister’s certificate of my marriage with Mrs. Martha Custis, properly, as I am told, authenticated. You will, therefore for the future please to address all your letters, which relate to the affairs of the late Daniel Parke Custis, Esqr., to me, as by marriage I am entitled to a third part of that estate, and invested likewise with the care of the other two thirds by a decree of our General Court, which I obtained in order to strengthen the power I before had in consequence of my wife’s administration.
I have many letters of yours in my possession unanswered; but at present this serves only to advise you of the above change, and at the same time to acquaint you, that I shall continue to make you the same consignments of tobacco as usual, and will endeavor to increase it in proportion as I find myself and the estate benefited thereby.1
The scarcity of the last year’s crop, and the high prices of tobacco, consequent thereupon, would, in any other case, have induced me to sell the estate’s crop (which indeed is only 16 hhd.) in the country; but, for a present, and I hope small advantage only, I did not care to break the chain of correspondence, that has so long subsisted, and therefore have, according to your desire, given Captn. Talman, an offer of the whole.
On the other side is an invoice of some goods, which I beg of you to send me by the first ship, bound either to Potomack or Rappahannock, as I am in immediate want of them. Let them be insured, and, in case of accident, re-shipped without delay. Direct for me at Mount Vernon, Potomack River, Virginia; the former is the name of my seat, the other of the river on which t’ is situated. I am, &c.
Invoice of Sundry Goods to be Ship’d by Robt. Cary, Esq., and Company for the use of George Washington—viz:
1 Tester Bedstead 7½ feet pitch with fashionable bleu or blue and white curtains to suit a Room laid w yl Ireld. paper.—
Window curtains of the same for two windows; with either Papier Maché Cornish to them, or Cornish covered with the Cloth.
1 fine Bed Coverlid to match the Curtains. 4 Chair bottoms of the same; that is, as much covering suited to the above furniture as will go over the seats of 4 Chairs (which I have by me) in order to make the whole furniture of this Room uniformly handsome and genteel.
1. Fashionable Sett of Desert Glasses and Stands for Sweet meats Jellys &c—together with Wash Glasses and a proper Stand for these also.—
2 Setts of Chamber, or Bed Carpets—Wilton.
4. Fashionable China Branches & Stands for Candles.
2 Neat fire Screens—
50 lbs Spirma Citi Candles—
6 Carving Knives and Forks—handles of Stained Ivory and bound with Silver.
A pretty large Assortment of Grass Seeds—among which let there be a good deal of Lucerne & St. Foi, especially the former, also a good deal of English or bleu Grass Clover Seed I have.—
1 Large neat and Easy Couch for a Passage.
50 yards of best Floor Matting.—
2 pair of fashionable mixd. or Marble Cold. Silk Hose.
6 pr of finest cotton Hose.
6 pr of finest thread Hose.
6 pr of midling Hose. to cost abt 5 /
6 pr worsted Hose of yl best Sorted—2 pr of wch. to be white.
N. B. All the above Stockings to be long, and tolerably large.
1 piece of finest and most fashionable Stock Tape.
1 Suit of Cloaths of the finest Cloth & fashionable colour made by the Inclos’d measure.—
The newest and most approvd Treatise of Agriculture—besides this, send me a Small piece in Octavo—called a New System of Agriculture, or a Speedy Way to grow Rich.
Longley’s Book of Gardening.—
Gibson, upon Horses, the lattest Edition in Quarto—
Half a dozn pair of Men’s neatest shoes, and Pumps, to be made by one Didsbury, on Colo. Baylor’s Last—but a little larger than his—& to have high heels.—1
6 pr Mens riding Gloves—rather large than the middle size.
One neat Pocket Book, capable of receiving Memorandoms & Small Cash accts. to be made of Ivory, or any thing else that will admit of cleaning.—
Fine Soft Calf Skin for a pair of Boots—
Ben leathr. for Soles.
Six Bottles of Greenhows Tincture.
Order from the best House in Madeira a Pipe of the best Old Wine, and let it be securd from Pilferers.
[1 ]“I shall keep the estate under the same direction as formerly, neither altering the managers, kind of tobacco, or the manner of treating it, unless you advise otherwise for our interest; and, while I continue to pursue this method, I hope you will be able to render such sales, as will not only justify the present consignments to you, but encourage my enlarging them; for I shall be candid in telling you, that duty to the charge with which I am entrusted, as well as self-interest, will incline me to abide by those, who give the greatest proof of their abilities in selling my own and the estate’s tobacco, and purchasing our goods, which I can no otherwise judge of, than by the accounts that will be rendered. And here permit me to ask, if it would be advisable to change the marks of any of the tobacco, or had I best ship it all under the usual marks? If so, my part may be known by some small distinction, such as you can best advise.
[1 ]“The first Shoes which I desird might be made by you for me on Colo. Baylors Last are come in, and fit me tolerably well except that some of them are [if any thing] rather too Short—as I imagine you will now be able to suit my foot exactly—I beg you will for the future observe the following Directions in Making the Shoes.
—Washington toDidsbury, 30th Nov. 1759.