Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, November 8,1720

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Micajah Perry, November8, 1720, granson of Micajah and son of Richard, in response to one ofhis. He reminds Perry that he has been a very good customer ofPerry's family's firm for many years and that "my purpose is ratherto Increase It than otherways." He gives some general instructionsabout the handling of his tobacco sales, and comments negatively onrumors in Virginia that British merchants are talking of "new ways tooppress us. that is to make up pay freigt for all our goods &half perCt. for receiving our bills," which he hopes Perry will nottake up. He adds that he hopes a new ship will be found for CaptainBagwell, and concludes by thanking Perry for sending his respects to"my son in the place of Yor. father who was his first Friend."

Letter from Robert Carter to MicajahPerry, November 8, 1720

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Rappa [hannock, LancasterCounty, Virginia]
Novr. 8.17 [20]
Mr. Micajh Perry -- --

     I have already writ pretty
largelyin answer to Yor. fathers Lettr. but hav=
=ing one from You of the 20th of June thot [sic] It
but decent to give You thisparticular
Answer. As to lodging a Grievance for the
selling out my Stock upon the Appearance
of anExtraordinary advantage I have al
=ready fully answerd thatmatter. You
are so kind to promise me You will exert
Yor.utmost in the dispose of my Tobo. one
thing I begg [sic] of You to avoid in my Concern That
isthese lingering Sales I have not now one
hogshead of the Cropbefore the last [in any ?][ . . . ]
manshandsin London but Yor. [father's? ]
for a long number? ] of years a large share of
businesswth. Yor. family. & my purpose is rather
to Increase It thanotherways I hope Youl rank
me in the Number of one of Yor. first rate friends
this Year I have made a fine Crop ofchoice Tobo.
which I resolve to manage with the Utmost Niceness
to Make You Capable of selling It at the Top of
the Markett [sic] , when we are to Expect our ships
have no Accot. from You. Tis said You have resolvd
among Yors.selves not to fitt out Yor.Ships till the
last month & tis [sic] also taulkt [sic] You are falling into
new ways tooppress us. that is to make up pay freigt
for all our goods & half perCt. for receiving our
bills but I hope You will not Chyme [sic] with them in
these Measures Bell &Dee is said to be very
forward in these Contrivances but theirCharacter

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runs very low here. We had a vast loss in the
Trade by thedeath of Yor. Father, who we
are told always refusd to come into these new tricks
& indeed Yor. business is [ . . . ] It. We have no accot.
Yett [sic] what Youintend to do with Captin Bagwell
about a newship for him which sevl. Gent here
were brought to subscribe for upon his producing a
Letter from Yor. family & cant think You will
drop himat last. Yor. respects to my son
in the place of Yor. father whowas his first
Friend will be an obliging favour which
shallbe all at present from

Yor. most 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. . .. pp. 57-58.

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] Carter addresses Micajah Perry III (1695-1753),son of Richard Perry (d. 1720) and grandson of Micajah Perry (1641-1721). (Price. Perry of London. . . . )

[2] This may be Thomas Bagwell of the Levett . (McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 3(1705-1721): 15. )

This text revised February 19,2009.