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by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.
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Letter from Robert Carter to James Bradley, July 22, 1728
Robert Carter writes to London merchant James Bradley, July 22, 1728, to remind him of a bill of lading sent earlier and to enclose an invoice (not present) for goods.
Letter from Robert Carter to James Bradley,
July 22, 1728
Rappa[hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
July the 22d: 1728
Mr James Bradley
My last went by Trice
and brought you a
bill of Lading
for some Tobbo: The occasion of this is to Inclose an
Invoice for a small parcell of goods in the shiping whereof I
desire you will follow the directions therein given I Shall be more
perticular by the Carter
your most humble Servant
Sent to York
Copy per Carter
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.
 James Bradley was a London merchant with whom Carter dealt from at least 1723 until his death. As noted in his letter to Bradley of May 17, 1727,
Bradley owned the Welcome,
but little information about Bradley has been located. (There is a listing of the firm of Bradly & Griffin, Merchants, Fenchurch-street, opposite the Mitre Tavern, on page 13 of Kent's Directory
For the Year 1740 Containing An Alphabetical List of the Names and Places of Abode of the Directors of Companies, Persons in Publick Business, Merchants, and other Eminent Traders in the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Borough of Southwark.
[London: Printed and Sold by Henry Kent in Finch-Lane, near the Royal Exchange: and by the Booksellers and Pamphlets Shops of London and Westminster, 1740]. p. 39. Online, examined 8/12/2005 and 6/14/2012.
 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, 1723-1728. ( Adm 68/195, 154r, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
3 A bill of lading is "an official detailed receipt given by the master of a merchant vessel to the person consigning the goods, by which he makes himself responsible for their safe delivery to the consignee. This document, being the legal proof of ownership of the goods, is often deposited with a creditor as security for money advanced." ( Oxford English Dictionary Online
. Oxford University Press.
This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised November 24, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.