August 30, 1757
I am at a loss in drawing your power of attorney for receiving the interest or dividends of your bank stock. 1 I had formerly a printed form which I am pretty sure I gave to Mr Power, 2 to draw one by for the late Colonel. Mr Lyons3 says he remembers it, and that he believes Mr Power gave it to the Colonel; and so amongst us it is lost. I send you a general power of attorney, which you may execute before some person going to Great Britain, and send it by this fleet; it may possibly be of service till they send you a letter. It will be proper for you to get letters of administration from your clerk, send them here for the governors name and seal of the colony (all of which you may have for the fees already charged you), and to send them with the power to Messrs Cary and Co.; and desire them to send you, in proper forms and directions, what to do concerning the bank stock another year. I return the letters relating to Dunbar's appeal, which very probably received a determination before the Colonel's death. 4 I know not what further you can do than advise Mr Cary and Mr Hanbury of the time he died, to desire them to continue their case in that affair, and to instruct you what your solicitor thinks needful for you to do. In all these cases they will preserve their own forms and methods. My wife 5 tenders you her best respects and I am, madam,
Your most obedient servant
Williamsburg, August 30th 1757
Custis, Recollections, p 498-99.
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Publication information: Book title: Worthy Partner:The Papers of Martha Washington. Contributors: Joseph E. Fields - Compiler, Martha Washington - Author. Publisher: Greenwood Press. Place of publication: Westport, CT. Publication year: 1994. Page number: 7.
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