Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from John Carter to William Cage, October 2, 1722

     John Carter, Robert Carter's oldest son, writes from London on his father's business to inform William Cage, October 2, 1722, concerning bills of exchange sent by Robert Carter that Robert had received from Edmund Jenings; these were replacements for protested bills. Following his orders, he states that he will not give up the new bills until Cage signs discharges to protect Robert Carter and Edmund Jenings, who has given Carter a mortgage to back the bills. He will be glad to wait on Cage before he leaves for Virginia on the 15th or 16th of the month.

Letter from John Carter to William Cage, October 2, 1722

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October 2d: 1722


     The moment after I had receiv'd those Bills,
I gave You the trouble of a Letter to prevent any de
lay in the payment. It was not my fault that I had not
the honour of hearing from You before yesterday. As to
the Discharge You mention, I ought to think myself guilty
of some obscurity in my last Letter, or You somewhat unac-
quainted with business of this nature. The Protested Bills
were sent to Virginia, but by some misfortune were never
delivered to My Father or Coll. Jenings; and the Coll. might
well have refused to send any fresh Bills before the delivery
of the other, had he not depended on my Father's honour that
it should not turn to his Prejudice. You may well think My Father
has spared no pains in Your Affairs, since he has perswaded
Coll. Jenings to mortgage his land in order to raise these six
hundred Pounds, and if You are displeased with the Methods
He has made use of for Your Service, You will hardly be able
to think of any more proper. I must therefore beg of You, Sir,
not to think I trifle with You, if I assure You that I will absolute
ly refuse to deliver up these Bills 'till You have obliged Your-
self to indemnify Coll. Jenings and my Father from those which

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were protested. I hope You will not take any thing ill that
I have said on this Occasion, having only obeyed my Orders
from Virginia.

I am, Sir, Your most Obedient
Humble Servant


I should be glad to wait on
You before my going to Virginia,
which will be about the fifteenth
or sixteenth of this Month


Source copy consulted: Fairfax Papers, Box 1, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. This is the recipient's copy entirely in John Carter's hand, and bearing his signature.

[1] John Carter refers to his letter to Cage of 22 September 1722.

This text revised August 4, 2009.