Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Evans, May 27, 1721

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant, Thomas Evans, May 27, 1721, to report he has received goods Evans had sent on Richardson's ship. He complains about the sales of tobacco that he had shipped to Evans in 1719 and in 1720, noting that many gentlemen in the colony have received at least 11 pence for their tobacco. He hopes Parliament will take action to restore the "Credit of the Nation" [following the South Sea Company scandals] and trade. He is not sure how much tobacco he will ship to Evans this year but expects it will be as much as last year. He concludes by noting a small bill of exchange on Evans to Joseph Belfield.

Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Evans, May 27, 1721

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

May the. 27th. 1721

Mr. Thos. Evans

Sir -- --

     I received Your goods by Richardson, and the account of Sales of the
31 hogsheads Tobacco that went in 1719, You mention also the Sale of four hogsheads of last year
at 11 pence [You] seem to Doubt You shall not be able to hold It at that rate many
Gent of my Accquaintance have full Accounts of sales for their last Tobo
none that I hear of under 11 pence for stripped many have a half penny more
I must conclude I have lived to very little purpose if I cannot
get as much for my Tobacco as other men, I hope before the parliament
rises they will settle the Credit of the Nation and find ways to make
Trade flourish again, What my Quota to You this year will be I dont
yet know, to be sure not less than it was the last in hopes You will
continue to do my business as well as other men.

     I drew a bill on You in March to Joseph Belfield for £4"7 which is all at present from -- --

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. . . . pp. 96-97.

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.

[] Captain [James?] Richardson commanded the Sarah and was based inWeymouth. ( Carter diary, August 23, 1723 )

This text revised April14, 2009.