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 William Dawkins, June 16, 1729

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant William Dawkins, June 16, 1729, to send a bill of lading not present) for tobacco on board the Betty.

Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins, June 16, 1729

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]     
June the. 16th. 1729

Mr.Wm. Dawkins


     The only business of this shall be to Enclose a bill
of Lading
to you for 24 hogsheads of Tobacco on board the Betty Captain Keiling
they are all of my own Crops and I shall feed my self with hopes
by the late coming home of the Ships they will come to a rising market
I am

              Your humble Servt: --

per Keiling


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. )

[2] 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. )

This text, originally posted in 2005, was revised March 12, 2015, to add a footnote and strengthen the modern language version text.