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Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Cary, August 10, 1728
Robert Carter writes to London merchant Robert Cary, August 10, 1728, to cover a bill of lading for 12 hogsheads of tobacco belonging to his son, John, and to order garden seeds of the same sort as last year's which grew well.
Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Cary,
August 10, 1728
Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]
Augst. 10th: 1728
Mr. Robt Cary
I have already dispatched my own business to
you by Hopkins
This Covers a bill of Lading
for 12 hogsheads
belonging to my Son
the Secretary and is Consigned to you in the Carter
In a former Letter
I wrote to You to Send me as
you could another parcel of Gardens Seeds of the Same Sorts I had from
you last year now I Send you an Invoice of the particulars wherein there
is Some difference to be your Direction I thought all the Seeds came up
very well they now tell me the Carrot Seed did not come up I am
Your most humble Servant
per the Carter
Source copy consulted:
Letter book, 1728 August-1731 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.
 The Mary
was a London ship owned by merchant Robert Cary of 130 tons commanded by James Hopkins, in 1727-1728. Hopkins is mentioned in Carter's diary. ( 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, 1723-1728. ( Adm 68/195, 154r, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
 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 December 12, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.