Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Edward Tucker, September 28,1720

     Robert Carter writes to Weymouth merchant Edward Tucker,September 28, 1720, reporting that "throughout the Country aplentifull Crop is made" which he hopes will not affect prices fortobacco. He had an agreement with Captain Russel to make use of someof Russel's tobacco in payment for "Some Barbados goods" but itproved unnecessary. He sends a bill of exchange from Sam Heath, andhopes that Russel will bring him "some of the right sort of the ale"on his next voyage.

Letter from Robert Carter to EdwardTucker, September 28, 1720

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[Rappahannock, LancasterCounty, Virginia]

Sepr. 28. 1720

Mr. Edward Tucker

Sir --

     I hope before now Your admiral
& his little [fleet? ] are safe with You, This may
Serveto advise Youthat throughout the Country
a plentiful Crop is made which wehope will
have no Influence upon the last Years Tobacco
Market The best allay to our large
Crop It issuperlatively good --

      Captain Russel was so generous to leave
me a liberty to make use of some of his
Tobacco in paymt. of Some Barbados goods I
hadbought, but my own held out sowell I med
-led with none of his.

      Herewith comes a first bill of exchange
[draw] n on yourself by Sam. Heath for£20
which I let him have cash for to answer some
ofYour occasions & desire my Account may be
credited with it. [Pray] let my respect for Mr.
Russellnot be forgot, and I hope he'll not forget
to bring me in someof the right sort of the ale
the next [ . . . ]

Your very 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. 55-56. This page in the letter book isextremely difficult to read because of bleed through of ink from thewriting on the reverse of the page, and some holes.

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] Captain Giles Russell commanded the Brimpton , a vessel which sailed often fromWeymouth to Virginia from at least as early as 1711.( Survey Report 9711, Virginia Colonial Records Project,Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University ofVirginia. )

This text revised February 16,2009.