New York. May 10th. 1776.
The uncertainty of my return, and the justice of surrendering to Mr. Custis, the Bonds which I have taken for the Monies raised from his Estate and lent out upon Interest, As also his Moiety of his deceased Sister's Fortune (consisting of altogether of Bonds &c.), obliges me to have recourse to a friend to see this matter done, and a proper Memorandum of the transaction made. I could think of no person in whose friendship, care and Abilities I could so much confide, to do Mr. Custis and me this favour as yourself; and, therefore, take the liberty of soliciting your Aid.
In Order that you may be enabled to do this with ease and propriety, I have wrote to the Clerk of the Secretary's Office, for attested Copies of my last settled accounts with the General Court in behalf of Mr. Custis and the Estate of his deceased Sister; with which and the Bonds, I have desired him and Mr. Washington to wait upon you for the purpose above mentioned.
The Amount of the Balance due, upon my last settled Accounts, to Mr. Custis, I would also have assigned him out of my moiety of his Sister's Bonds; and, if there is no weight in what I have said, in my Letter to Mr. Lund Washington, concerning the rise of exchange, and which, to avoid repetition, as I am a good deal hurried, I have desired him to shew you, I desire it may meet with no Notice, as I want nothing but what is consistent with the strictest justice, honour, and even generosity; although I have never charged him or his Sister, from the day of my connexion with them to this Hour, one Farthing, for all the trouble I have had in managing their Estates, nor for any expense they have been to me, notwithstanding some hundreds of pounds would not reimburse the monies I have actually paid in attending the public Meetings in Williamsburg to collect their debts, and transact these several matters appertaining to the respective Estates.
A variety of occurrences, and my anxiety and hurry to put this place, as speedily as possible, into a posture of defence, will not, at this time, admit me to add more than that I am, with unfeigned Regard, Dear Sir, Your mo obt. & affectionate humble servant,