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Letter from Robert Carter to John King, June 9, 1732
Robert Carter writes briefly to Bristol mechant John King, June 9, 1732, to report the arrival of a letter from him and complain about the "wretched" price his tobacco realized. The shortage of tobacco in the colony means some ships will not find complete cargoes and, he hopes, will raise the price.
Letter from Robert Carter to John King
, June 9, 1732
Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]
June 9 1732
John King Esqr.
Sr -- --
has been arrived for some time as he went
Sent his boat on shore to me with your Letter and invoice, promised
to let me have the Goods, but I see none of them yet, the price you tell
me you had Sold 3 hogsheads of my tobacco for is a wretched one, it was good
Clean Tobacco and well done, such prices will make us think of no
more troubling your Market until better times, which we are now in
hopes of from the Scarceness the Shipping find of Tobacco several of
them it is reported will not get near Loaded, you say you intend to
leave off the Trade, I am sure we can not get clothing for our familyies
by it. I am
Your most 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.
 Henry Sweet was captain of the Chester
, a ship thst traded to Barbados and Virginia. ( Survey Report 04590 summarizing Public Record Office Class: T 38/264."Treasury, Departmental Accounts-Barbadoes, Journal of 4 1/2% Duties, 1730." "The following ships and cargoes were bound for Virginia." Henry Sweet is shown as master of the Chester
, and the cargo was 1980 gallons of molasses;
; and Survey Report 07233 summarizing Hampshire Record Office Class Wyndham 1725-1753. "Invoices and Sundry Accounts of Henry Wyndham, June 1725-September 1753." Included are records of several voyages of the Chester
to Viginia, 1728-1730. Hampshire County, England, includes the ports of Southampton and Portsmouth.
This text, originally posted in 2006, was revised May 20, 2016, to add a footnote and strengthen the modern language version text.