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Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Colmore, March 5, 1724
Robert Carter writes to London merchant Thomas Colmore, March 5, 1724, to alert him that he is unable to send any tobacco on board the Booth
because Captain Peter Wills had filled the ship before reaching Carter.
Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Colmore,
March 5, 1724
Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]
Mar. 6. 1723/4 --
Mr. Thos. Colmore
I have already Acquainted You with the receipt
of my Goods, and that I had Tobacco lying ready for the Booth's Sloop
As she Came down Our river, they called indeed in their return,
but were loaded before they came here so that I am Shut out
for Captain Wills
writes me he's forced to throw ashore forty hhds.
that are by his ships side & in Consequence I have no Opportu=
=nity of shipping a hogshead to You by this Fleet which Shall be all
the trouble I Shall give You at present from --
Your very humble Servant
Source copy consulted:
Robert Carter letter book, 1723 June 16-1724 April 23, Robert Carter Papers (acc. no. 3807), Albert and Shirley 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.
 Thomas Colmore was a London merchant. ( A 1740 London directory, A Compleat Guide . . . ,
consulted by Francis L. Berkeley, Jr., in London listed Colmore as a resident of Pudding Lane, Eastcheap.
He also appears on page 21 of Kent's Directory For theYear 1740 Containing An Alphabetical List of the Names and Places of Abode of the Directors of Companies, Persons in Publick Business, Merchants, and other Eminent Traders in the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Borough of Southwark.
[London: Printed and Sold by Henry Kent in Finch-Lane, near the Royal Exchange: and by the Booksellers and Pamphlets Shops of London and Westminster, 1740], consulted online at http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~frpayments/KD1740/AB.htm. 8/12/2005. p. 39.
 Captain Peter Wills commanded the Booth
in 1723-1724, and the Amity
in 1727. He is mentioned in Carter's diary for June 1723. ( Survey Report 6800, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
This text, originally posted in 2002, was revised February 22, 2011, to add footnotes, and to strengthen the modern language version text.