Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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1720 July 13
Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton, 1720 July13

     Robert Carter writes Liverpool merchant John Pemberton, July 13,1720, concerning a bill of exchange that he thought he had drawn onPemberton but he has now remembered was drawn on anothermechant. He has drawn on Pemberton for £80 payable to EdmundJenings. He reports that Captain Enoch Robinson had offered him£8 per ton freight when Robinson first arrived, but Robinsonnow has so much business that he wishes to charge Carter £9which is not acceptable and Carter will not ship by Robinson.

Letter from Robert Carter to JohnPemberton, July 13, 1720

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Rappahannock, [LancasterCounty, Virginia]

July 13. 1720

Mr. John Pemberton


     My last to You was of the 13th. may I
was in Doubt whether abill of exchange I had passed
to one Thompson was Drawn upon You but am now
Sattisfied [sic] I drew It upon another person. This ac=
=quaints You I haveLately Drawn on You for £80. to
EdmundJennings Esquire which request You to Answer at the
end of the Days. I took of Captain Enoch Robinson
athis first coming in freight for 20 hogsheads at 8 pound
per Tun as I understood It, butsince freight has flowed
faster uponhim than he Expected & now he lets me
know I must pay him£9 but that I cannot come into
so take my leave of him Ishall not give You any further
trouble at present but that I am

Sir Your very humble Servant


Source copy consulted: Robert CarterLetter Book, 1720 July-1721 July, BR 227, Huntington Library, ArtCollections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. Printed:Wright. Letters of Robert Carter. . .. p. 20.

Robert Carter generally used a return address of"Rappahannock" for the river on which he lived rather than"Corotoman," the name of his home, on his correspondence, especiallyto merchants abroad. The county and colony have been added forclarity.

[1] Robinson was captain of the Mermaid, a Liverpoolship that did not alwayscarry tobacco. On July 14, 1719, Robinson successfully petitioned theCouncil for permission to sail without convoy, being "laden withPitch and Tarr." McIlwaine. Executive Journalsof the Council. . . . , 3(1705-1721): 510-11.

This text revised November 26,2008.