Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton, July 9, 1731

     Robert Carter writes to Liverpool merchant John Pemberton, July 9, 1731, to remind him of an earlier letter concerning a bill of exchange to John Randolph, and to alert him of a new bill to George Braxton and the arrival of the Loyalty .

Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton, July 9, 1731

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Rapp ahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

July 9th. 1731 --

Mr. John Pemberton


     I wrote to you liberally by Captain Fowler and since I
advised you of a draft I had made on you to John Randolph for
fifty Six pounds Seven Shillings & Sixpence The Occasion of this is to
advise you I have this day drawn on you for thirty Seven pounds
thirteen shillings & Eleven pence payable to Colonel George Braxton
which I desire you to answer and place to my Accot who Am --

              Yr. Humble Servant

Captain Tarleton arrived ten
days ago by him I received
your copies


Source copy consulted: Letter book, 1731 July 9-1732 July 13 , 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] The Content was a Liverpool ship owned by John Pemberton and commanded by various masters including captains Stephenson (1721) , Fowler (1723), and Morton (1727). (Wright. Letters of Robert Carter. . . . pp. 92, 93, 102 ; and Carter to Pemberton, February 14, 1721, and June 28, 1727. )

[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. )

[3] This may have been James Tarleton who in 1731 cammanded the The Loyalty . Several vessels with this name sailed to Virginia. Captain Loxom commanded a vessel of this name in 1729-1730.. (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 .)

This text, originally posted in 2006, was revised November 2, 2015, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.