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Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Cary, May 13, 1727
Robert Carter writes to London merchant Robert Cary, May 13, 1727, to cover a bill of lading (not present) for 20 hogsheads of tobacco grown on his home plantations, and two bills of exchange (not present). He cautions Cary that the sales must be completed "to come in with some of the next years Shipping."
Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Cary,
May 13, 1727
Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
May 13th: 1727
Mr: Robert Cary
This accompanies Captain Hopkins
is a full Ship herein is a bill of Lading for 20 hhds: of my own
Crop made at my home Plantations managed under my own
Eye. I think I can answer for the goodness of it [I]
have been used to
meet with as good prices for my Crops as any of the York gentlemen
I am sure my materials are as good and my care as great as
any of theirs,
In my last I Sent you a bill of exchange
a Second is herein
Enclosed also a first bill of exchange for £200 drawn
on Mr. Perry
by Mr. Grimes
which money with the produce of my last tobacco
I reckon will fully answer
the Customs of my Tobbo:
and Entitle me to all the
I shall not pretend to prescribe you in the Time
of Selling but it must be my Standing desire that the Sales may
be completed to come in with some of the next years Shipping
Yor: very humble Servt:
Copy per Woodward
Source copy consulted:
Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. At head of text: "to be Copyd."
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 to the heading on the draft.
 Captain James Hopkins would be in command of the Mary
in 1727-1728. The ship was owned by London merchant Robert Cary. He is mentioned in Carter's diary. ( Adm. 68/194, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
 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,"
 Thomas Woodward commanded the Providence
during a number of voyages to the colony, 1723-1727. (Adm. 68/194 and 195, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.)
This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised May 23, 2012, to add a footnote and strengthen the modern language version text.