Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins, June 16, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant William Dawkins, June 16, 1723, reporting bills of exchange he and his son-in-law, Mann Page, have drawn on Dawkins on the account of the estate of another son-in-law, Nathaniel Burwell. He also reports that Captain Adam Graves will be sailing down the York River from West Point and will call at the Burwell's to take on tobacco from the estate. Graves has on board some of Carter's tobacco as well.

Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins, June 16, 1723

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York river, [Virginia]

June 16 [1723]

Mr. Wm. Dawkins

     The 4th Instant I advised you Coll. Page &
myself had drawn on you upon Accts of Major Burwell's
Estate for £70 payable to John Sutton this is to Acquaint
You we have since drawn on you upon Acct of that Estate
for £50 payable to John Lewiss Esqr. &c this day both wch.
Sums we desire you to pay and place to the Acct of tht. Estate

     Adam Graves I hear is coming down from --
West Point he calls agst. Mr. Burwells to take in 20 hhds
of the Estates Tobo. which I suppose fills him he hath also 20
hhds of my own Tobo. being the Needfull at Present from

Yor. humble Servt

per the Burwell


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter letter book, 1723 June 16-1724 April 23, Robert Carter Papers (acc. no. 3807), Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

Carter probably was visiting the home of his widowed daughter, Elizabeth Burwell, at "Carter's Creek," Gloucester County, which lies on the York River.

[1] John Lewis (1669-1725) of "Warner Hall," Gloucester County, had been a member of the Council since 1704. ( Louis B. Wright and Marion Tinling, William Byrd of Virginia: The London Diary 1717-1721 and Other Writings. [New York: Oxford University Pres, 1958]. p. 458 )

[2] Adam Graves was a son of Captain Thomas Graves, long a captain of vessels trading to Virginia, and a special friend of Carter's; he also commanded vessels in the trade.

[3] West Point, located on the point where the Mattaponi and Pamunkey rivers converge to form the York, was also called Delaware, and appears on the Fry-Jefferson map under that name. ( John W. Reps, Tidewater Towns: City Planning in Colonial Virginia and Maryland. Williamsburg,VA: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, 1972. p. 79. )

This text revised August 6, 2009.