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Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton and Company, April 15, 1730
Robert Carter writes to John Pemberton and Company, April 15, 1730, the owners of the John and Betty
about the final arrangements of the ship's voyage to the colony in which he had been involved.
Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton
and Company, April 15, 1730
Rappaha[n]nock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]
Apl 15. 1730
John Pemberton & Company}
owners of the John & Betty}
I receiv'd your letter by Capt Loxum
of the 15th
of December owning the receipt of one hogshead by the Rappahanno [ck]
and three hhds by the Maxwell
In mine of the 20th of June
I told you the
Ballance due to that Concern was two thousand Eight hundred &
Seventy Six pounds of Tobo the three hhds by Ireland weighd nt
with the Allowance for Cask two thousand eight hundred forty
Six to answer this a Ballance of 30 pounds Tobo
there is some money due
some of this tobo
which I have not the Accot of yet
I am sorry for poor Dentons
death and the un
happy loss of your Ship I am
Yor humble Servant.
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.
 Captain Loxom commanded a vessel named the Loyalty
in 1729-1730. (Survey Report 9727, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. See also Carter's letter to John Pemberton 1731 August 4.)
 There were several vessels with the name Rappahannock
. Carter's letters mention a Captain Hugh Brackhill in 1728-1729, and Captain Loxum in 1733. ( Adm. 68/194, ff.30, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
 The recever was an officer appointed to serve under the authority of the Receiver-General of the colony to collect "the export duty of two shillings per hogshead on tobacco, the one penny per pound on tobacco exported from Virginia . . . ." (Percy Scott Flippin. The Financial Administration of the Colony of Virginia
[Johns Hopkins Press, 1915.] 41-42.
 The John & Betty
was a Liverpool ship owned by merchant John Pemberton; she often carried slaves into the colony. In 1726 the captain was John Gale, and in the next year, she was commanded by a Captain William Denton. The ship would be lost in 1729. (Wright. Letters of Robert Carter. . . .
p. 18, n. 23
; Carter to Pemberton
, December 18, 1727;
Carter to Pemberton,
April 15, 1730;
and Carter to William Dawkins,
June 28, July 26, and August 22, 1727, for Denton's first name.
This text, originally posted in 2005, was revised August 3, 2015, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.