Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton, [ca. October 5,1720]

     Robert Carter writes to Liverpool merchant John Pemberton, [ca.October 5, 1720], to enclose a bill of lading for 20 hogsheads oftobacco ("the greatest part of them Leaf some Stemmed") shipped onboard the Mercury, Captain Enoch Robinson,requesting Pemberton tohonor his bill for the impost, and a bill of Captain Eccles'. Hetells Pemberton that Robinson will give him the news of the goodcrops and the activities of a Spanish privateer on the Virginiacoast.

Letter from Robert Carter to JohnPemberton, [ca. October 5, 1720]

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Rappahannock, [LancasterCounty, Virginia]
[ca. October 5,1720]
Mr. Jno. Pemberton

Sir --

     This Accomps. Captain EnochRobin
=son in the Mermaid &encloses a bill of Lading
for my 20 hogsheads of Tobo. on boardthe Sd. Ship
the greatest part of them Leaf some Stemmed
what Markett It will come to we must leave to
time, I had drawn onYou for forty one Shills.
for the Impost wch. request You topay, herein is a
Second bill of Captn. Eccles'sfor 8/

     The news hence both of our Crops & the taking
Several ofour Vessels by a Spanish privateer You'l have
at large from theMaster I am

Yor. humble Servt.


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. There is a hole in the page that deleted the date, but theletter is found in the letter book between letters of September 30,and October 10, 1720.

[1] 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 )

[2] The impost was the duty imposedby Britain on imported tobacco.

This text revised February 17,2009.