Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to James Buchanan, November 19, 1731

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant James Buchanan, November 19, 1731, to notify him of a shipment of tobacco on board his ship, the Thistle.

Letter from Robert Carter to James Buchanan , November 19, 1731

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Rappah[annock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

Novr. 19, 1731

Mr. James Buchanan --


     I receiv'd a letter from you in yr ship the Thistle
Capt Reid and I have contributed pritty largely towards the loading
of her and the small acquaintance I had with you in Potom=
ack and the good Character you wear in those parts hath encour=
ag'd me to Consign you [omission in text] hhds. of my tobo -- Which I desire you
will make the most of you Can for my advantage An Early sale
and an entire Accot to let me know what I am to have for it will be
the most Satisfactory way you can take to Oblige me Who am

                  Yr. very humble Servant


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] Merchant James Buchanan (d. 1742) had run his business from Biddeford and Topsham, Devonshire, but he later moved it to London. ( The Directory Containing an Alphabetical List of the Names & Places of Abode of the Directors of Companies, Persons in Publick Business, Merchants and other Eminent traders in the Cities of london and Westminster and Bororugh of Southwark. London: Printed and sold by Henry Kent in Finch-Lane Near the Royal Exchange . . . , 1736. p. 110; and A Compleat Guide to All Persons who have any Trade or Concern with the City of London and Ports adjacent. . . . London: Printed for J. Osborn, at the Golden Ball in Pater-noster-row, MDXXXL )

[2] The Thistle was a London ship commanded by a Captain Reid and owned by merchant James Buchanan. (See Carter to Edward Athawes , 1731 September 10, 1731, and Carter to James Buchanan , November 19, 1731. )

This text, originally posted in 2006, was revised March 25, 2016, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.