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Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Cary, July 8, 1728
Robert Carter writes to London merchant Robert Cary, July 8, 1728, to report a shipment of 20 hogsheads of tobacco on board the Mary,
and to request that he be sent the same order of garden seeds as the previous year.
Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Cary,
July 8, 1728
[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
July the: 8th: 1728 --
Mr. Robt. Cary
This is a Short line by your Ship Mary
I have Sent you 20 hogsheads of Tobacco of my own making which I will
hope will Sell for as much in your hands as in any bodys Else Al
though you must allow me to Say it has not done so hitherto, the
last years Tobacco I have no Accot: of the Sales of yet I Shall be glad to
find you keeping of it turns to my Advantage,
I would desire you to Send me the Same Supply
of Garden Seeds as you did last year and of the Same Sorts they proved
fresh and came up very well I would have them in as Early as
possible I am
Sir Your most humble Servt --
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. "Rappahannock," the county, and colony have been added for clarity to this unheaded draft.
 The Mary
was a London ship of 130 tons commanded by James Hopkins, and owned by merchant Robert Cary. ( Admiralty 68/194,ff. 82r, abstracted in Survey Report 6801, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
 The 140 ton Welcome
was owned by London merchant James Bradley to whom Carter would write about her on May 17, 1727
. John Trice (Frice) was her captain, 1723-1727. ( Adm 68/195, 154r, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised November 18, 2014, to strengthen a footnote.