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Letter from Robert Carter to John Stark, July 4, 1723
Robert Carter writes to Glasgow merchant John Stark, July 4, 1723, acknowledging several letters and a sales account from Stark received during the year. Carter complains mildly about the price realized for his tobacco. He reports a bill of exchange drawn on Stark to Micajah Perry, and hopes Stark will not charge for the exchange in London. Captain Samuel Bowman will carry 50 hogsheads of his tobacco and he will ship more if he can have it ready for Will. Read.
Letter from Robert Carter to John Stark,
July 4, 1723
[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
July the 4th 1723
Mr. Jno Stark -- -- 2
I have received several Letters from you this Year
the last per Captain Bowman
bringing the Account of Sales
of my tobacco , I could wish it had been sold at a farthing
more the pr
ice I have been Informed by some was com
mon in your port, my tobacco was very good I dare
say the most part of it
brought home to my Quarters and
there prized and under very good Examination, I had
hopes it would have merited the Top price of the
I have occasion to draw for one hundre [d]
pounds of my Money in your hands, and shall
send my bills of exchange to Mr.. Perry
ding to your proposal you will make payment
of it in London without any charge to me for
In Captain Bowman I have taken 50 hogsheads
freight he tells me he shall want more and like
wise that Will. Read
in your Concern will want
freight, I shall have a pretty deal to Ship if
I can but get it gathered together
in time, You will
hear further from me by your own Ships I am
Your very humble Servant
Source copy consulted:
Robert Carter Letter Book, 1723 July 4-1724 June 11, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.
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. His usual return address, the county, and colony have been added for clarity to this unheaded draft.
The numeral "2" appearing after Stark's name as the addressee of this letter may mean that two copies were to be prepared.
 Stark was a Glasgow merchant.
 Captain Samuel Bowman commanded the Lucia.
Carter mentioned this vessel in his diary in June 1724, and again on 1726 March 4 when he wrote that she "came in had 20 Weeks Passage."
 Read (Reid) is not referred to as "captain" which means he was an official of Stark's firm on a trading vessel who was empowered to do its business in Virginia. He was aboard the Charles,
a Glasgow ship that probably was owned by Stark. Carter specifically refers to "the Charles of Glasgow" in a letter to Stark of September 4, 1723 .
This text revised August 25, 2009.