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 King, May 27, 1721

     Robert Carter writes to Bristol merchant John King, May 27, 1721, that he has received King's letters, and complains about the prices received for the tobacco had sent on Captain Darracot's ship. Nevertheless, he will send more with Captain [Joseph] Stretton to try the Bristol market once more. He asks King to settle his account with Franklyn's executors, and then to send his balance with King. He closes by reporting two bills of echange he has drawn on King.

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

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

May ye. 27th. 1721

Mr. Jno. King

Sir --

     I have yours several ways this Year, Yor sales of my Tobacco
In Darracot You might well conclude would Surprize me, It is the
Meanest market by much I met with that Year and will make
me do but little Your way unless I can have more Encouragement
however believe I shall put into [Captain Joseph] Stretton about half a Score hogsheads
of stripped Leaf Tobacco , and try once more what You will do with It
pray Settle my Account with Mr. Franklyn's executors and get in my
balance , I have drawn on You lately for £13"7"9 payable to
Mr. John Clayton and for £52"-"-to Henry Thompson which I
desire You to answer, is the needfull 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. 97-98.

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 colonyhave been added for clarity.

[1] Joseph Stretton, captain of the Prince Eugene a Bristol ship, was to be accused in August 1721 of having traded with pirates at Madagascar and some of his money was held pending a trial in England at which he was found innocent. Stretton petitioned the Virginia Council for the release of the money, and his petition was granted 7 March 1722. (McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 4(1721-1739): 10.)

[2] Probably Joshua Franklyn, another Bristol merchant.

This text revised April14, 2009.