( August 12, 1757)
Recd of Mrs Martha Custis foure poun three and four pence in full of accounts Recd by me his John R Rone1 mark
£4. 3. 4. in full
D. S., Custis Papers, ViHi.
Virginia Aug 20, 1757
I imagine before this you will hear of the great misfortune I have met with in the Colony my late Husband Mr Custis your Correspondent, by which all his Affairs fall under my management, I believe to both your satisfaction correspondence with you and I now having admon of his Estate I hope I shall continue the Correspondence and that it will be lasting and agreable to us both. I shall yearly ship a considerable part of the Tobacco I make to you which I shall take care to have made as good as possible and hope you will do your endeavor to get me a good Price, Yours by Capt. Coxen of the 10th of March, & by John Hanbury Captn Talman1 of the 17 & 21st & the Goods you sent came safe to Mr. Custis's hands before his Death.
I wrote you sometime ago insurance on 34 Hhds of Tobo which I informed you would come in Capt. Coxen which I hope you have put 2 more Hhds on board which I have not insured, the whole Shiped to you by him is now 36 Hhds which I have inclosed a Bill of Lading for, I have reason to believe they are as good as they can well be and hope you will get me a Price suitable to them. I shall want some Goods this Year for my Family which I have inclosed an Invoice of and hope you will take care they are well bot and sent me by your first Ship to this river. If Mr Custis in his lifetime has wrote to you for 2 (illegible) please to send them & omit sending them in my Invoice, otherwise send them as my Invoice according to the instructions there set down. As soon as you have sold all the Toba. shipped to you by Mr Custis last year, please to make out an Account Current and send it to me by the first Oppertunity. As Mr Custis died