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 Burridge, May 27, 1721

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant John Burridge, May 27, 1721, reporting the arrival of some goods Burridge had shipped via Bristol, and informing Burridge that he has hired a small London ship on which he will send a "good parcell" of tobacco. He has done this because Captain Cortenay has not arrived. There are so many ships in the colony, he notes, that he believes some will not obtain cargoes. He concludes with a compliant about the threats from the numerous pirates and that the trade receives little protection.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Burridge, May 27, 1721

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

May the 17. 1721

Jno. Burridge Esqr.

Sir --

     I have lately received a small parcel of Goods from You
Via Bristol and Drew on You the other day for £16 payable
to Henry Thompson, The business of this is to advise You
That yesterday I hired a small ship of London of about Two
hundred hogsheads James Richardson Master to bring me some
Tobacco to Your port by whom You may Expect a good parcel from
me, Will, Read will take in none but for his owner, Courtenay
we have no news of [which] made me fall upon this way, We have a
vast Swarm of ships in this year certainly some of the will
not find Tobo to Load them,

     The pirates threaten us very much It's a poor case no better care
is taken of so great a Trade I remain

Your humble Servant


Source copy consulted: 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. . . . p. 98.

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, especially to merchants abroad. The county and colony have been added for clarity.

This text revised March 30, 2009.