To Martha Custis
A.L.S., Custis Papers, ViHi.
Dear Madam October 21, 1758
I am to inform you that yesterday a Copy of the Order of his Majesty in Council in relation to Dunbar's Cause was produced in Court & in Consequence thereof the last Decree of the General Court was reversed & The Causen as sent back to the office for the Plts to make such Parties therein as they think proper. 1
I imagine as I heard of it before I came to Town the Report can hardly have escaped you. however I am in hopes you will not suffer it to give you any the least Uneasiness for as far as I am a Judge I assure you in the most solemn manner that I verily hope & believe the Plts will never be able to recover a single Shilling. On the contrary was it my own Case I would immediately bring a Suit for the Island Estate which would not cost much & might be determined before this present suit is like to be tried. I would venture all I am worth in the World: & think I might my Life too upon the Success of it. However as you seemed determined in Case The suit should be renewed to have some Gent of Reputation & Fortune appointed your Son's Guardian I enquired in a round about manner of the Speaker 2 if such a thing had ever been proposed to him, he said not, but added, that it would be to no manner of purpose as he would not upon any Account undertake it, as it would be attended with so much trouble as must necessarily accompany the management of so large an Estate (as your Son was intitled to) & at such a distance from him. As I observed that I apprehended you would be satisfied with his being appointed his Guardian for the management of his Law suits. in which his Advice and Character might be of great benefit to the young Gentleman & that his Estate might be continued under the same management as at present. he said upon that Condition if you desired, he would very readily undertake the matter & do your Son all the Service he could either by his Advice or Interest. This Madam I Thought proper to advise you of, as you may thereby be better enabled to form your Resolution on that head.
You will be pleased by some safe hand this Court to forward all the Papers you have relating to this troublesome Affair in which you may assure yourself of my utmost Care & diligence for your & your Son's Care of it.
My Son informed me that you chose to have a Bond for Currt. Money at forty per Cent rather than Sterling. I have not seen Colo. Tayloe & Thornton since I came to Town (as they left it the Week before) or I would