Mount Vernon, June 20, 1762.
Gentn.: The other side contains a Copy of my last, since which I have received from Messrs. Hill, Lamar and Hill a pipe of Wine price in Madeira £30.16. Sterl: for which they value upon you, I have also received advice of Seventy Sacks of Salts coming into Rappa. River from Mr. Backhouse on my Acct. Mr. Lewis who gives this Information has promised to send it round but the expences and trouble attending this is so great that I had almost as soon have Goods in any part of Great Britain as in any River except the one on which I live.
We have had one of the most severe Droughts in these parts that ever was known and without a speedy Interposition of Providence (in sending us moderate and refreshing Rains to Molifie and soften the Earth) we shall not make one oz of Tobacco this year. Our Plants in spite of all our efforts to the contrary are just destroyed, and our grain is absolutely perishing, how it may be in other parts of the Country I can not postively say, yet I have heard much complaining, shoud it be with Reason of which you can guess by the Letters of your different corrispondants I am perswaded you will be in no haste to dispose of the Tobo. I have put on board the Unity shoud it get safe to hand, with the Convoy with whom (the Chesterfield) She is to Sail sometime this Month. The London fleet is not yet arrived nor have we any Accts. of it. I shall take the first oppertunity that offers of writing to you again on these heads, In the meantime I remain, Gentn. etc.
Sent by the Alexandria, Captn. Cranford, Glasgow