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Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins and Company, July 26, 1731
Robert Carter writes to London merchants William Dawkins and Company, July 26, 1731, to report shipments of tobacco on board the Burwell
and the Spotswood,
and to cover an invoice (not present) of goods for the Burwell children. He also reports some bills of exchange. In a postscript of the same date he informs them of another bill of exchange.
Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins
and Company, July 26, 1731
Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]
July 26. 1731
Mr. William Dawkins & Company
By the Burwell
I sent the
bills of Lading
of the tobaccoes I shipped in them both my own and
belonging to Mr. Burwells Estate
Herein I send an invoice for some goods for
the Supply of Mr. Burwells children You have pleased their moth=
er hitherto and so I hope you will do still they are to [be] sent in to me
in a York Ship
I have drawn upon you
for the following bills upon
the account of that estate a bill of Exchange
which I desire you to pay and place accor
John Randolph for
Henry Hacker -- -- -- 10
To Mr. Charles Stagg
-- -- 12"0.'
By Barnes & Dove
Added to Mr Dawkins letter, July 26. 1731 ditto Day
Here is also another small bill drawn by Charles Broadwater on
& Company for £3.8. These bills I disire your management
I had prepared my letters and invoice for Barnes
for near three weeks ago expecting him daily down but some
appointments have kept them thus long, and Dove by his ex
traordinary diligence is now just at his heels I am
Your most humble Servant
Copy per Dove
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.
 This vessel was commanded by Captain Constantine Cant and may have been owned by William Dawkins and Micajah Perry as Carter reported her December 1723 arrival to each of them. ( Adm. 68/194-195, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
 The Spotswood
was a London ship commanded by James Bradby, 1727-1732, and was owned by Micajah Perry. ( Adm 68/195, 70r ff., found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. See Carter to Micajah Perry
April 16. 1730.
 A bill of lading is "an official detailed receipt given by the master of a merchant vessel to the person consigning the goods, by which he makes himself responsible for their safe delivery to the consignee. This document, being the legal proof of ownership of the goods, is often deposited with a creditor as security for money advanced." ( Oxford English Dictionary Online
. Oxford University Press.
 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.
 Vizt. is the abbreviation for the Latin word "videlicet"; it means "that is to say; namely; to wit: used to introduce an amplification, or more precise or explicit explanation, of a previous statement or word." ( Oxford English Dictionary
 The Bailey
was a London ship owned by William Dawkins and commanded at various times by Adam Graves (1725-1730) and by Thomas Dove 1730-1732. She was a vessel of some 250 tons and carried 15-17 crew members. ( Survey report 6801 summarizing Adm. 68/195, 156v, and other data in Adm. 68/194 and /196, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia;
A letter of Carter's to Dawkins May 12, 1732,
refers to "your ship Bailey." as does a letter of August 10, 1733, from Carter's executors to Dawkins. [ Lloyd T. Smith, Jr., ed.
The Executors' Letters of Robert Carter of Corotoman, 1732-1738.
(Irvington, VA: Foundation for Historic Christ Church, 2010) p. 76].
This text, originally posted in 2006, was revised February12 , 2016, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.