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.
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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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: 155.
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