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Letter from Benjamin Graves to Robert Carter, July 4,1709
Benjamin Graves writes to Robert Carter, July 4, 1709, from"Hobb's Hole" that he is sending a bundle of iron and a "pump Spear"and that he is sending men for the shallop which he hopes is ready;he requests Carter "to load her at your own house."
Letter from Benjamin Graves
to RobertCarter, July 4, 1709
Hobbs's hole [Essex County, Virginia]
Jule the 4th: 1709
The bearer brings A bundle of Iron Work RC. 16 [identification mark]
& A pump Spear
Which is all of yours, I send men for
the Shallop I hope she is now done; beplesed to load
her at your own house, hoping you with family Are
in health, I conclude with myhumble Service I am
Sr. Your humble Servt.
Source copy consulted:
CarterPapers, Mss 1(2468a6), Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. This isthe recipient's copy; on the integral address leaf is: "To | TheHonble. Robert |Carter Esqre. | These." Hobbs Hole is Tappahannocktoday.
 Benjamin and Adam (d. 1726) Graves were the sonsof Captain Thomas Graves, long a captain of vessels trading toVirginia, and a special friend of RC; they also commanded vessels inthe trade.
 A pump spear (or rod) is, according to the 1913Webster's /dictionary," is the rod to which the bucket of a pump is fastened, and which is attached to the brake or handle; thepiston rod." ( "Webster's 1913 Dictionary:, online forthis reference at: http://www.webster-dictionary.org/definition/Pump%20spear.9/24/2008.
This text revised September 24,2008.