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Letter from Robert Carter to Joseph Paise, July 23,1720
Robert Carter writes to Joseph Paise, partner of Lyme Regismerchant, Robert Burridge, July 23, 1720, concerning tobacco shippedon board the Princess,
Captain James Wyatt,and about 5 hogsheadsthat could not be carried by her that were shipped on board theCarter
to London. Carter notes that he hasdrawn on Paise for the"Impost & Cockett" to the Carter's
Captain, and that he has sentthe account "of this affair" to Burridge.
Letter from Robert Carter to Joseph Paise, July 23, 1720
Rappahannock, [LancasterCounty, Virginia]
Mr. Joseph Paise
Sir -- --
From Mr. Robert Burridge
of Lyme I am
Acquainted You are cooncerned with him in the Brigantine
Princes, [sic] James Wyatt Master & her Cargo, which fell under
my Dispose She went away a Loaded vessel & I hope
is at home long since. There was some outstanding
Tobos. which he could not carry Mr. Burridge ordered It to
be Shipt [sic] for London accordingly have put on board
five hogsheads of heavy Tobacco & have thought advise=
=able to consign It to You accordingly a bill ofLad=
=ing for It is here enclosed, Ihave drawn on You
forthe Impost & Cockett
of this Tobacco
for 11 Shillings to Captn. Kent which You
must pay, The Account of this affair is clos'd & sent to
Mr. Burridge to whom refer You & am --
Your 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. . ..
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.
 The impost was the duty imposed by Britain onimported tobacco, and the cockett was the certified document (forwhich a fee was charged) issued stating that the impost had beenpaid.
This text revised January 19,2009.