P the Gildart
|DS, Custis Papers, ViHi.|
Virga Dec. 20. 1757
I received yours of the 16th of July last inclosing a Lre from Mr Sharp wth the Order of Council and printed Cause, and am obliged to you for the care you have taken in that Affair, 1 I was surprised to find the determination of that if there was no mismanagement the Cause against me and am advised by my lawyers here that Mr Custis was very unfortunate in losing so good a Cause, it is needless for me to mention their reasons for it, for as the Cause is to be sent here and I suppose to you again, I shall have time enough to (illegible) mention and what is the necessity, to you anything that is necessary relating to it the only thing I have now to desire of you relating to that is, to pay off all the charges attending it and then send me a particular Accot of it them the first oppeertunity, I am obliged to you for your good intention in applying to Dunbar's Son to accomodate the matter, and if he was ever so willing to do it, it is not now in my power,and not withstanding what Mr Sharpe says, make no doubt the matter will turn out in my Favour.
I have shiped you by Capt. Crookshanks for which I have enclosed a Bill of Ladg. Hhds of Tobo which I hope will turn out very good and that you will do your endeavour to sell them for a good Price.
I beg you will by no means omit sending me an Account Sales of the Tobo. I ship you, as soon as it is sold, and that you will send me one immediately to the time of Mr Custis's Death including the charges of the Lawsuit. Mr Cary has the letters of administration of Mr Custis's Est. under the Seal of the Colony & which you may refer to if occasion requires, I am
Your very hble Servt
To Messrs John Hanbury & Co.
Merchants in London