Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Burridge, June 26, 1729

     Robert Carter writes to Lyme Regis merchant Robert Burridge, June 26, 1729, to inform the merchant that he canot find any way of sending tobacco to him, but approves of his plan for selling tobacco sent earlier.

Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Burridge, June 26, 1729

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Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
June 26. 1729

Mr. Robert Burridge


     I received your favour of the 23d of December
and am Pleased with the design you had for the good dis:
pose of my Tobo sent : you to Exon and I must needs say I
have Always thought myself well served by you
as by Any Person And when Ever I have an Opportunity
My design is to give you the trouble of some more of
My business

      Captain Reid in Mr. Gundrys employ will
let no Freight but to his Owner if you can Prevail with
him to take any to you next year I will god willing provide
it for you or in Any Other ship that will deliver it at yr
Port [illegible] or Exon

     I forsee I shall have Tobacco left this year
if any Vessel Offers I design to send it to you I am

                   your very humble Servant


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.

[1] Carter, whose Latin was good, here uses the Latin abbreviation "Exon" for "Exoniensis," " the Latin name for the city of Exeter in Devon, England." Exeter is about twenty-five miles west of Lyme Regis where Burridge lived. ("Exoniensis . . . is the Latin adjectival form of Exonia, the Latin name for the city of Exeter in Devon, England." Wikipediaa .)

[2] This may be Will Read, captain of an unnamed ship belonging to Nathaniel Gundry that Carter referred to in a letter to John Burridge June 26, 1729 .

[3] Nathaniel Gundry was a merchant in Lyme Regis, Dorset, and mayor of that town several times. His son was a member of Parliament and later a judge. (Notes made by Francis L. Berkeley, Jr., from George Robert. History and Antiquities of the Borough of Lyme Regis & Charnmouth. [London, 1834]. pp. 97, 383-4. ; and Sedgwick. The History of Parliament . . . Commons. pp. 91-92. )

This text, originally posted in 2005, was revised March 27, 2015, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.