Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Randolph, September 15, 1729

     Robert Carter writes to his attorney, John Randolph, September 15, 1729, concerning a law suit over land, and agreeing to an offer by Randolph to purchase cash at a good percentage increase for Carter.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Randolph, September 15, 1729

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Corotoman, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

Sepr: 15. 1729

John Randolph Esqr


     I received your favour by the Secretary & am
Sorry any Thing should fall out to deprive me of the Satisfaction
I should have taken in your Company however seeing your Affairs
would not Allow of it I am pleased that you take my Case so much
to heart to promise that you will give it a deliberate Consideration
In my Observations I think I was short in some things which I
believe upon your Perusal of the papers you will hardly
Slip over one is that in the Depositions of Thomas Carr and others
that Were jury men when the line was made from the Cedar in the law suit between Allerton and
Newton as were so hardly brought to agree to that Verdict do without deposition
declare that there was no old lines shown to them nor any old marked tree by Allerton and
that nothing Else Induced them to agree to that Verdict at last but the
Surveys assuring them that Allerton by that Survey would have less
land than his patent gave him and this if I remember right
they all say

     you are pleased to desire my Custom for what Cash
I shall have Occasion to take up for bills of Exchange at the Allowance
of 20 per Cent upon this Encouragement I will have one two or Three
hundred pounds of you and I shall be willing to take the more if you
make no scruple to take some of the bills in Glasgow I am

                   your most oobedient Humble Servant.

If I should have Occasion to draw upon you before I see [you] I hope
you will answer my note


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.

The county and colony have been added for clarity to the heading on the draft.

[1] Willoughby Allerton (1664-1724) was a prominent citizen of Westmoreland County where he was burgess, sheriff, and militia officer. ( Allerton Genealogical Data and McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 3[1705-1721]: 92,146,381,420. )

[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 June 16, 2015, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.