See supra, Benjamin Waller to MDC, August 30, 1757, n. 2; Dictionary of American
Biography, N.Y., 1943, 11:536, hereafter cited as D.A.B.
Sir John Randolph I, of Turkey Island. He possessed the outstanding legal mind in Virginia, was a skilled diplomat, and the only Virginian knighted during the colonial period.
In 1734 he was elected Speaker of the House of Burgesses and Treasurer of the Colony. See D.A.B., 11:360-61.
Thomas Nelson ( 1715-1787), often designated "SecretaryNelson." He was Secretary
of the Colony from 1744 until 1776. He served as a member of the Council and as its President.
See 10 W (1) 167; Evans, Thomas Nelson of Yorktown, Williamsburg, 1975, p. 10-11.
James Power, attorney of New Kent and King William Counties. He served both
counties in the House of Burgesses and served on committees that were concerned with
military affairs during the late war. He was a close friend, confidante, and legal advisor of Daniel Parke Custis. See supra, Benjamin Waller to MDC, August 30, 1757, n. 1.
Colonel John Tayloe ( 1721-1779) of Mount Airy, Richmond County. Member of the
Council from ca 1757. He became a staunch friend of GW.
Colonel Presley Thornton ( 1721-1769) of Northumberland County. Member of the
House of Burgesses from 1748-1760, and then a member of the Council. GW described him
as "a man of great worth."
Colonel John Champe of Lambs Creek, King George County. His daughter married Samuel Washington, GW's younger brother. (See Genealogies of Virginia Families, 1:722-729).
Her answer has not been found. During the sixteen years Mercer had acted as attorney
in the Dunbar case, what little payment received from the Custises was recorded, but never
presented to them in full account for services rendered, preferring to wait until the case was
settled. It was Mercer's understanding they would take ample care of him for his efforts. Both
parties were hopeful it would be decided in their favor. Others, such as Colonel Benjamin
Waller, were not as optimistic. In addition Mercer had borrowed money from old Colonel Custis, steadfastly maintaining it was to be used to offset his legal fees when the case came
to a conclusion. Later Mercer made a large loan from MDC. It was not until 1760 that he
received full payment from GW for his services in the Dunbar case. PGWC 6:211 (n), 272, 274
John Mercer ( 1704-1768) immigrated from Ireland in 1720. He settled at "Marlborough," Stafford County, and acquired considerable wealth as a successful lawyer and
businessman. He was Secretary of the Ohio Compay. His aggressive tactics in the courtroom
resulted in his disbarrment for a time in 1734. He then turned to legal scholarship and spent
the next two years in writing An Exact Abridgement of all the Public Acts of the Assembly of
Virginia in Force and Use, Williamsburg, 1737. All county justices were advised to possess a
copy. Later he became a justice for Stafford County. His advice was widely sought and GW
consulted him on a number of occasions. (See, The Diaries of George Washington,
al., (ed) Charlottesville, 1976, 1:9, 247 (hereafter cited as Diaries).
Both John Blair, Esquire and Burwell Bassett were members of the Council and had
bonds due. PGWC 6:254, 256.
From Robert Crawford
( January 10, 1758)
Shipped by the Grace of God, in good Order and well Conditioned,
By Richd & Alex. Oswald & Compy, Merchts in Glasgow in and upon the
good Ship Called the -Tryal- wherof is Master, under God, for this present
Voyage, Robert Crawford and, by God's Grace, Bound for York River in Virginia.
One Bundle Merchandize On the proper Accot & risque of Mrs Martha Custis being Marked and Numbred as in the Margin, and are to