Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

   A Collection Transcribed
        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins, September 5, 1729

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant William Dawkins, September 5, 1729, to notify him of a bill of exchange drawn by himself and Mann Page in favor of George Nicholas.

Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins, September 5, 1729

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Rappa[hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

Sept. 5th. 1729

Mr Wm. Dawkins


     This is only a line of Advice to let you know
Colo Page and I have this day drawn upon you for the sum
of fifty one pounds two shillings & Eleven pence payable to Doctor
George Nicholas being money due to him from Mr Burwells
Estate and to be paid upon the Accot of the Estate I am

                  yor: very 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] 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 June 11, 2015, to add a footnote.