Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

   A Collection Transcribed
        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Hyde & Company, August 10, 1728

     Robert Carter writes to London merchants John Hyde & Company, August 10, 1728, to cover a bill of lading for one hogsead of tobacco.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Hyde & Company, August 10, 1728

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]     
the 10th of Augst: 1728

Capt John Hyde & Company

Gent --

     This is only to Enclose a bill of Lading for
an odd hogshead of Tobacco brought on board the Carter Since I had Sealed
up my Letters I am

                  Your most humble Servt

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.

[1] 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 17, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.