Worthy Partner: The Papers of Martha Washington

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To Robert Cary and Company

A copy Of the Inventory, Refer'd To in Letter to Robert Cary & Co.

Dated June 1, 17741

An Inventory of the Estate of Danl. Parke Custis, Esqr, which came to my hands or the hands of my Attorney under the general Letters of Administration of the said Decedents Estate Granted by the Arch Bishop of Canterbury in the year 1774 Inventories of the Virginia Estate having been returned to the Court in that Colony where Administration was granted to me and the money due from the Merchants in England to that Estate having been also Accounted for to the General Court of Virginia. One Thousand Six hundred and Fifty Pounds in the Bank of England.

Martha Washington

LB, (In the handwriting of GW), DLC:GW.

In a letter of March 5, 1774, the Cary firm dunned GW for payment due them for purchases. He replied on June 1, 1774, requesting payment be made from his Bank of England stock. The stock had been purchased by John Custis. He bequeathed it to his son, Daniel Parke Custis. At his demise it became the property of his daughter, Martha Parke Custis. At her death half became the property of MW and the other half reverted to her brother, John Parke. By law, MW's share became the property of GW. There being nothing unadministered from the estate except the bank stock, GW requested the Cary debt be retired with his share of the stock. MW is therefore substantiating the proper administration of the settlement of the Custis estate. The Cary letter of March 5, 1774 has not been located. See, Writing, 219-221.


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