In this letter George Washington tells Robert Cary & Co., his British creditors, of his financial problems and vividly relates the severe drought and difficulty of raising tobacco as a cash crop. "We shall not make one ounce of Tobacco this Year. Our plants in spite of all our efforts to the contrary are just destroyed…" This letter is also significant because it demonstrates Washington's dissatisfaction with the colonial import system. Washington details how long it took to receive shipments from England, and in particular is frustrated that 70 sacks of salt have not arrived.

The letter book copy of this letter is published in W. W. Abbot and Dorothy Twohig, eds., THE PAPERS OF GEORGE WASHINGTON: COLONIAL SERIES, vol. 7 (Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1990), 140-141. More


June 20, 1762



  • Written - United States


Ink, laid paper


Overall: 9 in. x 7 1/4 in. (22.86 cm x 18.42 cm)


Gift: Jess and Grace Pavey Fund, 2005


Recto, bottom right corner, in brown ink: Gentn Yr Most Obedt Hble Servt / Go. Washington

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