Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Burridge, Jr., July 5, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to Lyme Regis merchant Robert Burridge, Jr., July 5, 1723, alerting him to a consignment of 20 hogsheads of tobacco on board a ship belonging to Weymouth merchant Edward Tucker. He reports the wreck of a Bideford ship that was able to save only about 50 hogsheads.

Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Burridge, Jr., July 5, 1723

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
July the 5th. 1723
Mr: Robt Burridge Junr:

Sr -- --

     I have already told you of my freighting
a vessel of Mr. Tucker's to your port she is now either gone
or near going I have ordered 20 hogsheads of my leaf tobacco to be
Consigned to you, hoping you will be able to do better
withit [sic ] than you did with the last, I can hear but of little
tobacco coming to your place, A Biddeford man the other
Day was cast away in our Bay bound out she saved but
50 hhds: I thought it necessary to give you this line
via London Remaining as

Your 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.

This text revised August 26, 2009.