Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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1720 July 13
Letter from Robert Carter to William Pawley, 1720 July13

     Robert Carter writes to merchant William Pawley, July 13, 1720,thanking him for his offer of service to Carter, and commenting that"Your Sales of my several Parcells of Tobacco hath been so mean & sovery much to my dammage discourages me from trying Your Markett anymore till I am Sattisfyed Your Port will afford me as much for myGoods as other places." He reports a bill of exchange he has drawn onPawley to Edmund Jenings, and gently chides Pawley for not giving himthe discount on dutys which he asks Pawley to reconsider.

Letter from Robert Carter to WilliamPawley, July 13, 1720

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Rappahannock, [LancasterCounty, Virginia]

July 13th. 1720

Mr Wm. Pawley

Sir --

     I received Yors. of the 5th. of October wherein You advise
me ofthe payment . of my bills and that You'lbe always ready
to Ansr. with Punctuality where You haveEffects, a piece
of Generosity which I always believed You'd never deny.

      your Sales of my several Parcels of Tobacco have been so
mean & so very much tomy dammage discoura-
=ges me from trying Your Market any more until I am --
Sattisfyed [sic] Your Port will afford me as much for my Goods as other
places. I reckonYou in my debt £50 odd pound which
has Encourag'd me to draw on Youlately a bill of Excha:
Payable to Edmund Jennings Esq for£50 giving you
the time of Sixty Days to pay It in which I hope You'l do
with all Due honor -- --

     I cant forbear observing to You in Your account of sales
You put all the Duties intoone article in which If I mistake
not You have given me noadvantage of any of
The Discounts whether It be right or no I Submit to
Your Consideration &remain

Sir Your humble Servant


Source copy consulted: Robert CarterLetter Book, 1720 July-1721 July, BR 227, Huntington Library, ArtCollections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. Printed:Wright. Letters of Robert Carter. . .. pp. 19-20.

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 county and colony have been added forclarity.

[1] Pawley was a merchant in an unidentified outport.

This text revised November 25,2008.