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Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins, July 22 and 27,
Robert Carter writes to London merchant William Dawkins, July 22,
1720, about "Jones's appeal" which it appears he will win; Carter is
pleased and notes "I Shall be very ready to Do That Gent any service
That may lye in my way." The remainder of the letter deals with
tobacco shipment and sales, and several bills of exchange. In a
postscript in his hand dated July 27, 1720, Carter reports some bills
of exchange, a bill of lading for tobacco shipped aboard the
and reminds Dawkins of his involvement
in the sale of a cargo of slaves, adding that he "had thots of Giving
You some Trouble in that affair, but have now thrown It wholly on Mr.
Letter from Robert Carter to William
July 22 and 27, 1720
July 22d. 1720
Mr. Wm. Dawkins
Sir -- --
I have recd Your Lettrs by Cap.
Friend, according to Mr.
Jones's appeal, It looks
as If he would gett [sic] the victory in the End I Shall be very ready
to Do That Gent any service
That may lye in my way upon
Character You give of his Dilligence and ability, I could wish
knew the Charge of this appeal so farr as It
is gon --
a bill of Lading for 64 hogsheads
of them [tobacco mark]
The other two came
from abroad & are Leaf
of my Crop Stemd [sic] and Straight laid Except 2
Lading for Three more under a Difft.
mark, on board the
I hope You'l [sic]
exert Yor. Utmost in the sale of this Tobo. I always expect particular
Accots. of sales for every mark
Dont know how
of less than Eleven pence for our
You be able to keep It there Its the only way to make
to pay a Suitable Freit , You
make no mention of the Sale
of the AS [tobacco mark]
that came to You last Year I hope
Carried It off -- --
Herein I send You some first bills of Exch
as per List amounting to £155"3"9 wch. I desire Yor.
The above is a Copy now comes my 2d bills of
here is a bill of Lad.
for 8 hds aboard the Mercury It is
stemd Tobo. but cant say tis [sic] my own Crop
drawn on You this day for 150 Pounds to Robt Tuckr
wch desire You to answere You are alreadie [sic] advised
of my being Concernd [sic] in
the Sale a Ship of Negros
I had thots [sic] of Giving You some Trouble in that
but have now thrown It wholly
hope Youl befriend
me if there be Occasion
Source copy consulted:
Letter Book, 1720 July-1721 July, BR 227, Huntington Library, Art
Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. Printed:
Wright. Letters of Robert Carter. . .
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
The July 27, 1720, postscript is entirely in RC's hand as is
indicated by italics.
 This sentence was added as a note at the bottom of
the page of the draft to be inserted where it now appears.
 Robert Tucker (d. 1722), a merchant and justice of
Norfolk County, with whom RC was partners in the sale of the cargo of
This text revised December 16,