Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah and Richard Perry, July 27, 1720

     Robert Carter writes to London merchants Micajah and Richard Perry, July 27, 1720, informing them of the numerous bills of exchange he has received from the sale of a cargo of slaves and which are being sent on board the Mercury. He has endorsed the bills to the owners of the slaves, Francis Chamberlayne and Francis Sitwell, and he instructs the Perrys to pay any protested bills from his account with them, returning any protested bills to him. He concludes, "I hope You will Cheerfully undergo this Trouble on my Accot."

Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah and Richard Perry, July 27, 1720

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]
July 27th. 1720
Messieurs Perry


     Some time since I advised You of my being Con
cernd in the Sale of a Ship of Negros [sic] the Mer
cury She now brings sundry bills of Exchange with my
Indorsmt to the Ownrs Messrs Chamberlain
& Sitwell amounting to £2487"13.7 a List of
these bills is herein Sent wt of them will not
be paid after they are Protested are to be brot
to You & thirty daies after Yor Recpt of such
Protests You are to Pay them on my Accot
this is my Agreemt wch. I request You will
see performd returning me the Protests wth
the first Conveyance I promise mySelf the
Bills are Genly good the drawers or Indorsers
I know to be men of Circumstance here I hope
You will Cheerfully undergo this Trouble
on my Accot who am


1st per the

2d per the
& Eliza.
Capt. Jas.


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1720 July-1721 July, BR 227, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. Printed: Wright. Letters of Robert Carter. . . . p. 40.

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 state have been added for clarity. This draft is entirely in RC's hand as the use of italics indicates. The two postscripts are in a clerk's hand and are in the left margin of the letter book.

[1 ] Francis Chamberlayne may have been the wealthy grocer of London whose daughter Elizabeth married John Francis Fauquier, an official of the mint and director of the Bank of England, between 1694 and 1702. ( )

This text revised January 22, 2009.