Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Edward Tucker, March 25, 1724

     Robert Carter writes to Weymouth merchant Edward Tucker, March 25, 1724, to inform him of the arrival of one of his ships which is in the York River. He hopes to send some leaf tobacco in the ship and notifies him of bills of exchange.

Letter from Robert Carter to Edward Tucker, March 25, 1724

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                             per the Bailey
[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

Mar. 25. 1724 --

Mr. Edward Tucker

     This is a Short line Via Londo. to advise You
that I have heard of Yor.small Vessel being in York delivering Goods
to Your friends there & is reported to be coming our way after,
but see nothing of her Yet am in hopes I may have something in
her, if I send You any Tobo. this Year it must be leaf for my Stemd
is all gon, Mr. Lawrence I must own made me an Offer of freit
but I had so far Engaged myself by promisses to the Londoners that I
was afraid to let him have any, I have wishd since I had, I
herein send You some Bills of Exche. drawn upon Yor. Self

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=to Witt Jno. Hudnals for £19"11s & John Sharpleigh for £10"9"4
to be placd to my Accot. or Else to return protested, the rest is to
Wish Yor. health & to Subscribe

Sir Yor. humble serv.


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. The address has been added for clarity to this unheaded draft.

[1] The Bailey was a London ship owned by William Dawkins and commanded at various times by Adam Graves (1725-1730) and by Thomas Dove (1731-1732). She was a vessel of some 250 tons and carried 15-17 crew members. ( Survey report 6801 summarizing Adm. 68/195, 156v, and other data in Adm. 68/194 and /196, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia; A letter of Carter's to Dawkins May 12, 1732, refers to "your ship Bailey." as does a letter of May 10, 1738, from Carter's executors to Dawkins.)

[2] A bill of exchange is a kind of check or promissory note without interest. It is used primarily in international trade, and is a written order by one person to pay another a specific sum on a specific date sometime in the future. If the bill of exchange is drawn on a bank, it is called a bank draft. If it is drawn on another party, it is called a trade draft. Sometimes a bill of exchange will simply be called a draft, but whereas a draft is always negotiable (transferable by endorsement), this is not necessarily true of a bill of exchange. ( "Dictionary of Financial Scam Terms" at 8/22/2005 )

[3] John Shapley would be appointed a justice in Northumberland County in 1725. (McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 4[1721-1739]: 82. )

This text, originally posted in 2002, was revised July 25, 2011, to add footnotes, and to strengthen the modern language version text.