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Letter from Robert Carter to James Bradley, June 25, 1729
Robert Carter writes to London merchant James Bradley, June 25, 1729, to cover a bill of lading (not present) for tobacco.
Letter from Robert Carter to James Bradley,
June 25, 1729
Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]
June the 25th. 1729
Mr. James Bradly
This is Just a line to Cover a bill of Lading
for 10 hogsheads
of Tobbo. Consignd you in the Forward
Capt. Loney. It was made at my home
Plantations and I hope will prove good, I shall only wish it safe to you
Yor. most humble Servt.
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.
 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.
2 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.
 The Forward
was a London ship of 150-200 tons commanded in 1728-29 by William Loney, and in 1731 by George Buckridge. ( Survey Report 6800 summarizing Adm. 68/194 and Survey Report 6801 summarizing Adm 68/195, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
This text, originally posted in 2005, was revised March 25, 2015, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.