Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter [and Mann Page] to William Dawkins, June 29, 1723

     Robert Carter and his son-in-law, Mann Page, write to London merchant William Dawkins, June 29, 1723, covering a shipment of 19 hogsheads of tobacco from the estates of Carter's son-in-law, Nathaniel Burwell. They enclose an invoice (not present) for goods chiefly for Burwell's children, and notify Dawkins of a bill of exchange they have drawn on him to Henry Armistead. A later addition reports some more bills of exchange.

Letter from Robert Carter [and Mann Page ] to William Dawkins, June 29, 1723

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Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

June the 29[th 1723]

Mr. Wm. Dawkins
Dawkins [sic]

     By the Bailey Captain Adam Graves you had [a]
Bill of lading for 19 hogsheads of Mr. Burwells Tobo consigned [to you]
in that ship some of the Choicest of the Crops

     You have herewith a invoice for some goods
chiefly for the Childrens supply what you have sent
hitherto has been very well liked & we hope you will Still
be able to please they are to be sent into York river & delivered
at Mrs. Burwells Either in your own or in some other good forward Ship.

      There is a bill of exchange There is one bill of exchange we have drawn
on you upon Account of that Estate Yet to Advise you of -- To wit for £14: shillings 8: pence 0 to
Colonel Henry Armistead which we desire your payment
of we are

Your humble Servts


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter letter book, 1723 June 16-1724 April 23, Robert Carter Papers, (acc. no. 3807), Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

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, especially to merchants abroad. The county and colony have been added for clarity. Although the corner of the letter book page bearing the year in which this draft was written has been torn off, the letters preceding and following this draft were written in 1723 and that date is accordingly assigned to this one.

While the name of Mann Page does not appear on the draft, it was written as if by two persons, and because Carter and Page looked after the affairs of Carter's widowed daughter, Elizabeth Burwell, it is likely that Page joined in this letter.

[1] Adam Graves, was a son of Captain Thomas Graves, long a captain of vessels trading to Virginia, and a special friend of Robert Carter's. Adam Graves commanded the Bailey in 1725-1727, a ship that belonged to London merchant William Dawkins. ( Survey Report 6800, and Adm. 68/194-196 found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia )

This text revised August 14, 2009.