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Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, May 13 and June 2, 1727
Robert Carter writes to London merchant Micajah Perry, May 13, 1727, to report the arrival of accounts of sales and accounts current to which he will reply in another letter. He sends bills of lading (not present) for tobacco from Lloyd's plantation and some of his own from which the overseer's shares must be withdrawn, and he notes that he has drawn on the merchant for Richard Meeks' salary for 1726. In a postscipt dated June 2, 1727, Carter reports other bills of exchange.
Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry,
May 13 and June 2, 1727
Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
May 13th: 1727
Mr. Micajh: Perry
I am now in Possession of yor: several Packets
with the accots: of Sales and Accots: Currt: of my own and Mr. Bu [r]
Concern to all which I shall return an Answer in another
According to your direction I have shipped the
most of the LL Concern
on board the Betty
herein is a bill of
Lading for 40 hhds: and I put 20 of my own on board in the
room of Twelve of the LLs that are on board the Carter
up all the Quantity made at these plantations and there is
the Overseers Shares Excluded too, which I must charge the
Estate D [ebto]
r: for in my next Accot: of Contingencies, I have already
advised you of great losses among the Slaves this winter
I think the number of them is now come to 14 of the best Slaves
belonging to that Estate I have drawn upon you for £35
payable to Richard Meeks
the General Overseer for his Salary
for the Year 1726 which shall be all at present
Yor: humble Servt:
from per Keiling
&Copy per Hopkins
June 2d. 1727
This Day Captain Keeling hath
given me bills of Lading for the LLs Tobacco
and I have drawn upon you for the
of it for £4:1: -- herein is another
bill of exchange of Augustine Smith on your Self for
19:4 Endorsd Phillip Smith --
Source copy consulted:
Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, 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 county and colony have been added for clarity to the heading on the draft.
 Captain William Keiling commanded the Betty.
( Survey Report 6800, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
 Captain James Hopkins commanded the Mary
in 1727-1728. He was then working for 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.
 The impost was the duty imposed by Britain on imported tobacco, and the cocket, for which a fee was charged, was the document bearing a cocket or seal issued by the "King's Customs House" that the impost had been paid. (See the definitions of each word in Oxford English Dictionary Online.
This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised June 5, 2012, to strengthen the footnotes and modern language version text.