Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

   A Collection Transcribed
        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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September 16, 1717
Letter from Robert Carter to Edward Tucker, 1717 September16

     Robert Carter writes to Weymouth, England, merchant Edward Tucker,September 16, 1717, reporting a bill of exchange he has drawn toThomas Black, and the terrible storm that severely damaged the crops.He advises Tucker to send Captain Giles Russell on the Brimpton because there will be tobacco to be shipped.

Letter from Robert Carter to EdwardTucker , September 16, 1717

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Rappa [hannock, LancasterCounty, Virginia]

September 16th1717


     The chief reason of this is to adviseyou of a
Bill I drewon you a few days agon to Thomas Blak [sic]
for six pounds, eight shill & six pence which I
desireyou to pay.

     I have already acquainted you wth thestorm w=
e had on24th of last month wch has done
a great deal of damage to or. Corn & Tobo and
hath [sic] been general thro' the country -- Yet
believe if you send Captain [Giles] Russel he will
find Tobo enough, though there is a mighty
cry amongstus.

I am, Sir, your humble servant


Source copy consulted: Minor-Blackford Papers, James Monroe Law Office and Museum, Fredericksburg,Virginia. These texts are all nineteenth-century copies. Apparentlythere was in existence a letter book of Robert Carter's -- nowlost -- from which the unknown copiest recorded these texts. Asthey are the only texts, the punctuation and "corrections"obviously supplied by the copiest have been retained.

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, especiallyto merchants abroad. The return address, county, and colony have beenadded for clarity.

[1] Captain Giles Russell commanded the Brimpton , avessel which sailed often from Weymouth to Virginia from at least asearly as 1711. (Survey Report 9711, Survey reports,Virginia Colonial Records Project. )

This text revised September 30,2008.