D.S., Custis Papers, ViHi.
Dear Madam November 2, 1758
I received all the Papers together with your Letter and should have waited on the Speaker 1 in two or three days after but I heard he was gone for a few days out of Town. On Saturday last I applied to him & he promised to be in Court that day but something prevented. however this Day he came to Court, and was admitted not only by your Son's but your Daughter's Guardian to defend & prosecute, such Suits as may be for their Interest, for it seems that not only your Son but Yourself & Daughter will be sd Parties to the Suit of Dunbar here The Speaker has had the Papers and State of the Case with my Argument lying before him this whole Court & says he has not yet come to any Resolution about bringing a Suit for the Island Estate, though he seems to think it would be much the best & most expeditious as well as the cheapest way of determining them after I expect however to have his Result before I leave Town.
Mr Waller tells he has not yet got my Bond, however as I expect Colo. Thornton will be Brought to Town by the meeting of the Assembly Colo. Tayloe & I will execute a Bond for Current money at forty per Cent & leave it in Mr. Waller's hands in order for Colo. Thornton to execute it when he comes to Town, therefore be pleased to send the other Bond to him by the first good Opportunity.
I shall from time to time advise you of the Steps taken in the Cause in which you may depend upon my utmost Care for you & your Childrens Interest. & should have done myself the pleasure of waiting upon you in my way home. but the Loss of one of my Sons & the pressing Insistances of my wife to return with the utmost Expedition engages me to make the best of my way. I am with great Regard. Dear
Your most obedt Servt
(Docketed by GW)
Mr Mercer 2 Novr 1758
A.L.S., Custis Papers, ViHi,