Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton, June 2, 1721

     Robert Carter writes to Liverpool merchant John Pemberton, June 2, 1721, that the London ships in the colony have dropped their freight rates to £8, and even so, many will not obtain cargoes. The prospects for a crop of tobacco this year are poor as the young plants are being cut off in the beds by worms. The loss of the crop may not be a bad thing.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton, June 2, 1721

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

June the 2d. 1721

Mr. Jno. Pemberton

Sir --

      It is but a few days ago I wrote to You by the Content Captain
Stephenson, however a line of our present Circumstances may not
be amiss, All our London Ships are now fallen to £8 and the Cry is that
few of them will be full, Mackmullion was with me Yesterday and
Courted me very much for freight. he's afraid he shall not be able to
Do his business. Pickering is much in the Same case they both go for

      We have a very Indifferent appearance for a Crop this
Year what we have planted is eaten up by the worm and they have
destroyed a great part of our plants in the beds, so that we are in doub [t]
that we Shall not have Enough left to pitch our Crops, a months
time will Inform us better if It be but General the loss of a Crop will
be of Service to us all, this comes by the way of London from

Your humble Servant

40 hogsheads of my Crop Tobacco the Content
has in her for You.


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. 102.

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.

[1] The Content was a Liverpool ship owned by John Pemberton and commanded by various masters including captains Stephenson (1721and later) , Fowler (1723), and Morton (1727). (Wright. Letters of Robert Carter. . . . pp. 92, 93, 102 ; andCarter to Pemberton, 1721 February 14, and 1727 June 28. )

This text revised April16, 2009.