Gunston Hall April 1784.
I recd. a Letter, two or three Days ago, from Colo. Wm. Deakings, informing me that he had engaged Room, in a Ship of Colo. Forrest's, now loading at Boyd's Hole, for thirty Hhds. of Tobo. to the Address of Messrs. Wallace Johnson & Muir; and telling me if I inclined to send any Tobo. by her, & wou'd forward the Notes to you, that you wou'd be kind enough to employ Craft, & have the Tobo. put on board; but as he did not mention the Terms of Freight, I cou'd give no certain Answer. If she is a good Ship, & takes in Tobo. upon the same Terms that Capt. Street did; vizt. £7 Ster: Per Tonn, the Ship paying the Craft Hire for carrying the Tobo. on Board, I will ship twenty Hhds. from Chickamuxan Warehouse, or any smaller Quantity that there is now Room for; but I shou'd know the Name of the Ship & Captain; that I may order Insurance in time.
Your answer, respecting the above mentioned Particulars, will oblige Dr. Sir Your most obdt. Sert.
RC (Gunston Hall). Addressed to Fitzgerald in Alexandria, to be carried by the slave "Nace."