Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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May 23, 1704
Letter from Robert Carter to Arthur Bailey, [May 23, 1704]

Letter from Robert Carter to Arthur Bailey, May 23, 1704]

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[May 23, 1704]
[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]


     Yours of the 25th. of September . with the Account of Sales
Currtt. of the 17 hogsheads of Tobacco belonging to Esquire Worm [eley]
Came safe by [Thomas] Graves , You Ball: yourself D [ebto] r. £76:13:2 I [have]
drawn on you for £18:10:-payable to Doctor John
being a Debt Due to him on Account of his Wife the Daughte [r of the]
said Wormeley, And I advise you to pay it out of that [estate]
and to make the Estate Debtor for it, There is on board Captain [ . . . ]
Ten hogsheads of that Concern which will be Consign'd to you no [more]
at present but that I am

Your humble Servant

with Bill Lad [ing] :

I have Drawn on you for the


Source copy consulted: Christ Church Parish, Lancaster County, Processioners' Returns, 1711-1783, and Wormeley Estate Papers, 1701-1710, 1716, Acc. 30126, Archives Research Services, Library of Virginia, Richmond 159.

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] Thomas Graves commanded the America of which Bailey was part owner. The ship was a London vessel of eighteen men and eighteen guns. A naval officer's return, 1700 February 19-June 24, shows that she had been built at Ipswich in 1691, was 250 tons in size, and was owned by Sir Richard Levett , Robert Bristow, Esq., Bailey, John Cary, Micajah Perry, Thomas Lane, Anthony [ . . . ] Hope for Bendall and Mary Johnson. (Naval officer's return for Rappahannock River, 1700. . . . ff. 13. )

[2] The impost was the duty imposed by Britain on imported tobacco.

This text revised June 12, 2008.