Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton, September 20,1720

     Robert Carter writes a brief note to Liverpool merchant JohnPemberton, September 20, 1720, by a passing Liverpool ship to send asmall bill of exchange and report that Enoch Robinson, captain of theMermaid, will soon be down the river with 20hogsheads of Carter'stobacco on board. He mentions the good crop of tobacco in thecolony.

Letter from Robert Carter to JohnPemberton, September 20

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Rappahannock, [LancasterCounty, Virginia]

Sepr. 30th. 1720 --

Mr. John Pemberton


     One of Your Townsmen being at my
house could not omit giving You this Short line,
Herein isa small bill of Captain Eccles's for 18 Shillings which
desire you'll please to receive. Enoch Robinson I
Expect Down the river every Day he has twenty hogsheads
of my Tobacco on board, The news hence Mr. Eaton
will giveYou a full Account of Our Crops are
pretty large & very Goodwhich is all the trouble
I Shall give You at present --

Your hum 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. . .. p. 56.

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] Pemberton was a Liverpool merchant.

[2] Robinson was captain of the Mermaid, a Liverpool ship that did not alwayscarry tobacco. On July 14, 1719, Robinson successfully petitioned theCouncil for permission to sail without convoy, being "laden withPitch and Tarr." (McIlwaine. ExecutiveJournals of the Council. . . . , 3(1705-1721): 510-511 )

This text revised February 16,2009.