Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Bryan Blundell, February 14,1721

     Robert Carter writes to Liverpool merchant, Bryan Blundell,February 14, 1721, concerning a ship of his commanded by Nat Milby onwhich Carter tried to take freight at £8 per ton. Milby raised the price to £9, a rate which Carter has not paid in a long time for shipping to Liverpool, but the ship was filled quickly. Carter asks Blundell to give his greetings to Captains Tarlton and Everad.

Letter from Robert Carter to BryanBlundell, February 14, 1721

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Rappahannock, [LancasterCounty, Virginia]

February 14th.1720/21

Captain Bryan Blundell

Sir --

     I received Yors. by Captain [Nat] Milby while I was at Williamsburg
uponan Assembly and gave him the encouragement to come to
our River for a freight promissing him 30 hogsheads from me I proposed
£8 per ton would be a very good freight for him but he has raised it to
£9 and has had a quick Dispatch terms that I have not been
used to a long time to Your Port, Hancock by a Trick has
Since got his Load at £10, You must not blame Your Master
he has not got as much who appears to be a diligent
careful man, and deserves the Continuance of Your favour
I heartily Wish Your Success and welfare pray give Your self
the Trouble to give my kind respects to Captain Tarlton &
Captain Everad I am

Your very humble Servant


Source copyconsulted: 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. . . . pp. 77-78.

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] Bryan Blundell (c. 1674-1756) was a prominentLiverpool merchant, mayor in 1721-1722. He was later to becomeinvolved in the slave trade, and is remembered as the founder of theBlue Coat School for the Poor, having given up the sea to oversee itsaffairs. ( Elizabeth Donnan, ed. Documents Illustrative of the History of the Slave Trade toAmerica. New York: Octagon Books, 1969. Vol. II: TheEighteenth Century. pp. 468, 492 )

[2] The Tarletons were prominent Liverpool merchants,and Carter probably had met one who commanded a ship toVirginia.

This text revised March 9,2009.