Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Nathaniel Gundry, June 26, 1729

     Robert Carter writes to Lyme Regis merchant Nathaniel Gundry, June 26, 1729, to request an account current by the next shipping.

Letter from Robert Carter to Nathaniel Gundry, June 26, 1729

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
June 26. 1729

Mr Nath: Gundry


     I drew a bill of Excha: upon you last
year to Colo Tayloe for £80.-.0 which I am satisfyed
are Paid And yet you give me no Advice of it nor send me
An Accot Currt: to make it Appear what my ballance is

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which I request of you the next Shipping I am

                  yr 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.

[1] 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. 297, 383-4 now available on Google Books; and Sedgwick. The History of Parliament . . . Commons. pp. 91-92. )

[2] A bill of exchange is a kind of check or promissory note without interest. It is used primarily in international trade, and is a written order by one person to pay another a specific sum on a specific date sometime in the future. If the bill of exchange is drawn on a bank, it is called a bank draft. If it is drawn on another party, it is called a trade draft. Sometimes a bill of exchange will simply be called a draft, but whereas a draft is always negotiable (transferable by endorsement), this is not necessarily true of a bill of exchange. (See "Bill of Exchange" in the online Dictionary of Financial Scam Terms: the Truth vs. the Scam. )

[3] John Tayloe (1687-1747) of Mt. Airy, Richmond County, who served as justice, burgess, colonel of militia, and as a member of the Council after 1732. (Ryland. Richmond County Virginia. . . . pp. 115-16. )

This text, originally posted in 2005, was revised April 2, 2015, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.