Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, June 19, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Micajah Perry, June 19, 1723, to cover a bill of lading for 10 hogsheads of tobacco belonging to Nathaniel Burwell's estate that are being shipped on board the Michajah & Philip. The general overseer has reported it as very good tobacco. He closes by reporting that the Assembly has passed a law to reduce the quanity of tobacco.

Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, June 19, 1723

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Wmsburg. [James City County, Virginia]

June. 19th. 1723

Mr. Micajh. Perry

     This is only to accompany a bill of lading for
ten hogsheads of Tobo belonging to Mr Burwells Estate & the
Micajah & Phillip Captain James Bradley it lay out of
my way of seeing it but Mr Richeson our general Overseer
& a very good planter Assures me it is a neat & well
handled crop we are Just at the Close of our Assembly
we have passed a bill for the lessening the Quantity of Tobo but
whether it will be allowed to be a law to redeem us from
our present Calamities Curcumstances must be left to
Events, I remain

Your most humble servt

Per the Micajah & Phillip --


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.

Robert Carter writes from Williamsburg, the capital of the colony, where he has been attending a meeting of the Assembly. The county and colony have been added for clarity.

[1] The Micajah & Philip was a large vessel of some 400 tons carrying a crew of 27. The captain's name varies from record to record as James Bradley or James Bradby. Thomas Jones wrote to his wife, then in England, concerning this ship in 1728, "The Micajah & Philip that comes to James River is as good as the best Ships that Comes hither, but Bradby the master seems to be a little conceited and prodigal." ( Adm. 68/194-196, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert H. Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia ; and Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. 26[1918]: 172, abstracting the Jones Papers at the Library of Congress. )

This text revised August 7, 2009.