Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to [John Pemberton], July 17, 1729

     Robert Carter writes to Liverpool merchant [John Pemberton], July 17, 1729, concerning the wet weather in the colony which has damaged much tobacco, and sending two bills of exchange.

Letter from Robert Carter to [John Pemberton], July 17, 1729

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Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
July. 17. 1729


     I have little now to Entertain you with we have had a very wet year at best
hitherto abundance of Tobacco drowned in the low lands but whether it will have any
influence on the Market I shall not pretend to guess Captain Loxam will tell you the news
at this time Herein send you two small bills [of] Exchange drawn on your Self Daniel Hor.
nby for £2.8. Thomas Griffin £3"10 I remain Sir yr very &ca:


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. This brief letter was squeezed into the letter book after Carter's addendum of June 20, 1729, to his letter of April 11, 1729, , to Pemberton. It is clearly to Pemberton and is not marked as a further addendum to the letter of April 11, 1729, and accordingly has been treated separately.

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] Several vessels named The Loyalty sailed to Virginia. One commanded by Francis Wallis cleared from Poole for Virginia in 1726. Captain Loxom commanded a vessel of this name in 1729-1730 as did James Tarleton in 1731. (Survey Report 9727, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. See Carter's letters to John Pemberton April 15,1730 and 1731 August 4 .)

[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. )

This text, originally posted in 2005, was revised April 24, 2015, to add and strengthen footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.