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Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, June 27, 1729
Robert Carter writes to London merchant Micajah Perry, June 27, 1729, to alert him to bills of echange and a bill of lading for tobacco from the Lloyd estate.
Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry,
June 27, 1729
Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]
June 27th. 1729
Micajah Perry Esqr.
This Accompanys the Baily
and brings to you
a bill of Lading
for 4 hhds. of the LLs
being the remainder of that mark
I now send you Some Second bills of Exchange
to £82:7:3 the firsts went by the Spotswood.
here is a first bill of Majr.
Bartlets on yourself for £10. I have already advised you of all the
bills of Exchange If I mistake not Colonel Page
and my self hath drawn upon
you upon the Accot. of Mr. Burwells
I hsve already writ so much of the LLs affair that I have
nothing now to add
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.
 The Bailey
was a London ship owned by William Dawkins and commanded at various times by Adam Graves (1725-1730) and by Thomas Dove (1731-1732). She was a vessel of some 250 tons and carried 15-17 crew members. ( Survey report 6801 summarizing Adm. 68/195, 156v, and other data in Adm. 68/194 and /196, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia;
A letter of Carter's to Dawkins May 12, 1732,
refers to "your ship Bailey." as does a letter of August 10, 1733, from Carter's executors to Dawkins. [ Lloyd T. Smith, Jr., ed.
The Executors' Letters of Robert Carter of Corotoman, 1732-1738.
(Irvington, VA: Foundation for Historic Christ Church, 2010) p. 76].
 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.
 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.
 The Spotswood
was a London ship commanded by James Bradby, 1727-1732, and was owned by Micajah Perry. ( Adm 68/195, 70r ff., found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. See Carter to Micajah Perry
April 16. 1730.
This text, originally posted in 2005, was revised April 13, 2015, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.