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by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.
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Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins, June 3, 1727
Robert Carter writes to William Dawkins, June 3, 1727, to advise the London merchant of a bill of exchange drawn on him payable to George Braxton.
Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins,
June 3, 1727
Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]
June the 3d: 1727
Mr. Willm: Dawkins
I wrote to you Yesterday by Captain Keeling
this Serves only to advise you that I have this day drawn upon you
for One hundred Eighty two pounds five and four pence pay
able to Colonel George Braxston
which I desire you to answer
at Time and place to the Accot: of
Yor: very humble Servt:
per the Dispatch
Source copy consulted:
Robert Carter letter book, 1727 May-1728 July, 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.
 Captain William Keiling commanded the Betty.
( Survey Report 6800 summarizing Adm. 68/194, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
 Elizabeth Donnan's Documents Illustrative
of the History of the Slave Trade to America. Volume II. The Eighteenth Century
(Washington, D.C.: Carnegie Institution of Washington, 1930, and a later edition: Buffalo, NY: William S. Hein & Co., Inc., 2002)
contains a good many references to a slave ship named the Dispatch,
a brigantine, owned in Bristol. and trading to Africa, the Caribbean, and the British colonies in North America. Her captain in 1727 was William Barry. " On October 7, 1725, a group of Bristol merchants, who then dominated the Biafra trade, directed Captain William Barry of the Dispatch
to buy 240 'Choice slaves' from the obscure port of Andoni." ( G. Ugo Nwokeji. The Slave Trade and Culture in the Bight of Biafra: An African Society. . . .
[London and New York: Cambridge University Press, 2010. p. 145.)
This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised September 23, 2012, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.