Robert Carter writes to Glasgow merchant John Stark, May 19, 1727, reporting the arrival of Captain Bowman and his accounts with Stark. He reminds Stark that he wants these accounts regularly, and notes that he has paid John Pemberton the 2 1/2 per cent Pemberton was charged for a bill of exchange he had written on Stark. He has suffered great losses among his slaves, and will have to write bills on Stark to pay for the new ones. He complains that Stark has not reported to him that the Ann & Eliza, on which he had shipped tobacco to Stark, had been driven ashore in a storm, but the cargo saved. Thirty hogsheads of tobacco will be sent Stark by Captain Bowman.
after a tedious passage found
the way in at last. Your Several Letters and Accots: with my Accot:
Currt: I have now got and hope you will never let me be without
one so long again Mr. Pemberton complains bitterly to me for
Sending him a bill upon you tells me it cost him 2 1/2 perCent to
make his money good to him in London You know I have your
promise to pay my money in London without damge to me
This loss to make the old Gentleman Easy I have undertaken to
It is Something Strange you could not get off my 5 hhds:
of tobacco to Close that Accot: when your market as is agreed by all
was so Empty, I hope it will prove to the best,
I have had a prodigious loss in my Slaves this winter
and have been forced to recruit by Purchasing a large number of
new Negroes, which will bring me under the necessity of valuing
my Self upon you for at least Three hundred pounds, which I must
I Sent you in a James River Ship the Ann & Eliza.
Mc:Clean Master 13 hhds: of tobacco 10 of my own and 3 of Mr.
Burwells Estate. I hear the Ship was driven ashore in a Storm
The Cargo all Saved and the Ship like to be got off . of this I have
yet no Accot: from you.
Captain Bowman writes his own Story I have prom
ised him 30 hhds: whether I Shall be able to do more I cannot
yet tell he pretends to wants [sic ] freight mightily I shall say no
more at present but remain