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 Pemberton, June 28, 1731

     Robert Carter writes to Liverpool merchant John Pemberton, June 28, 1731, to report a shipment of tobacco, enclose an order (not present) for goods, and inform him of a bill of exchange.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton, June 28, 1731

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Rappa[hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

28 June 1731

Mr John Pemberton


     Capt. Fowler sailed out of our River two dayes ago --
by him I sent you twenty hogsheads of Tobaco & an Invoice for some Goods
It happens now I have Occasion to draw upon [you] for fifty six pounds --
seven shillings & Sixpence payable to John Randolph Esqr which I
desire you to answer at Time, which shall be all the Trouble I shall give
you at present from

                  your most 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.

[1] Carter first mentions the Mayflower in a letter to Foster Cunliff of June 24 1731 , noting that a Captain Fowler commanded her. Other mentions in letters to Cunliff and John Pemberton, both Liverpool merchants, indicate that city probably was the vessel's home port.

[2] the Rappahannock

[3] 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 October 9, 2015, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.