( July 15, 1772)
To - Mrs S Thorpe Milliner in London
I cannt. help writing to you in behalf of my daughter, Miss Custis, who together with myself, Imported some very hard bargains from you last year. Messrs Cary & Co. was wrote to for a handse Suit of Brussels Lace to cost £20, in cons of wch., she recd. from you a pr of tripple Ruffles, a Tucker 1 & Ruff 2 set on plain joing. Nett (such as can be bought in ye Milliners Shops here at 3/6 pr yd) When, if you had ever sent a Tippet 3 & Cap w. ye othr. things I shd still have thot them Dr.- These things have been shewn to sevl. Ladies who are accustomd to such kind of Importns, & all agree, that they are most extravagantly high chargd.
I now sd for a suit at ye price of £40; w. Lappels & ca but if you cant afford to sell a much better bargn. in these, that yo. did in ye last I shd hope yt Mr. Cary will try elsewhere, as I thy her last add. to my own is worth a little pains- and ye. othr. things sent last yr. for myself &ca were 5 gauze Caps. w. Blond Lace bordrs. at a Ga. each, when ye same kd. might have been bot. in ye Country at a much less price.- I have now sent for 2 Caps for M. Custis, & 2 for myself of Mint. lace & wd have ym gentl but not expens. hers to suit a Person of 16 yrs old mine one of 40 & I cant. help addg. that I thk it neccesy that ye last yrs Suit (wch ought to be retd. if she cd. do witht in ye meanwhile) shd be compld w. a Tippet & Cap, as it is Scae more yn 1/3 a (?).
I am Madm yr Hble Servt
July 15 - 1772
LB, (Handwriting of GW), DLC:GW.