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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
Rappah [annock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
Novr. 19, 1731
Mr. James Buchanan --
I receiv'd a letter from you in your ship the Thistle
Captain Reid and I have contributed pretty largely towards the loading
of her and the small acquaintance I had with you in Potom=
ac and the good Character you wear in those parts has encour=
aged me to Consign you [omission in text]
hogsheads of my tobacco -- 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
Your 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.
 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
 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.