Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from John Carter to William Cage, September 20, 1722

     John Carter, Robert Carter's oldest son, writes from London on his father's business to inform William Cage, September 20, 1722, that he has received from his father bills of exchange drawn by Edmund Jenings on merchant Micajah Perry. They are to pay in part some protested bills of Jenings's, in part some more of Jenings's debt, and in part of his father's rent due to Cage as trustee of Lord Fairfax, the proprietor of the Northern Neck. He wishes to have Cage discharge both his father and Micajah Perry, and to meet Cage should he come to London "purchasing my Father's Particular part of the Quit Rents."

Letter from John Carter to William Cage, September 20, 1722

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London. 20. September 1722


     I have just now reciev'd from my Father three
Bills of Exchange for six hundred and sixty Pounds, drawn
on Mr: Perry at sixty days sight by Coll: Jennings of
Virginia. Four hundred are design'd to make good those
Bills which were return'd Protested the last year, two hun-
dred as a further part of his Debt and the remaining
sixty You are to recieve in part of what is due to You
from my Father. Mr. Perry has seen the Bills and
would willingly accept them, but He as well as myself think
it necessary that You should first give us a discharge to
secure Coll. Jennings and my Father from any damage which
may arise from the Protested Bills; for tho' they have been
sent from England above nine months, we know not how they
are they dispos'd of, my father having never yet received
'em . I have a long time wish'd for an opportunity of talking
with You about purchasing my Father's Particular part of the
Quit Rents, and if you come to Town between this and the tenth
of October shall be very glad to wait on You. In the mean time
I shall be every day at the Widow's Coffee house in Deve-
reux Court near the Temple, and always ready to receive
Your Commands.

I am, Sir
Your most Obedient
humble Servant



Source copy consulted: Fairfax Papers, Box 1, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. This is the recipient's copy in the hand of and signed by John Carter (as is indicated by the use of italics).

[1] Quit rent was the term used for the payment due from the holder of land to the "lord of the manor," in this case, to the proprietors of the Northern Neck. Carter as the proprietor's agent, collected these payments. No services were required of the landholder as had been true in mediaeval times.

This text revised August 4, 2009.