Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton, July 4 and 6, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to Liverpool merchant John Pemberton, July 4 and 6, 1723, to alert him to a number of bills of exchange drawn on him, and to cover an invoice (not present) for goods. Carter notes that he has not determined if the last shipment of shoes is as good as those of the previous year; he orders more which he asks Pemberton to have made for him. He closes by informing Pemberton that he will ship 40 or 50 hogsheads of tobacco on board the Vine . In a post script dated July 6th, Carter reports his shipment of 40 hogsheads.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton, July 4 and 6, 1723

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
July the 4th. 1723
Mr. Jno Pemberton

     This serves to advise you of some drafts I made
on you the 12th of last Month to Mr. John Holloway to wit
one bill for :100£ one ditto for 90£ one ditto for 82£
in all Amounting to 272£ which must request you
to answer at time, I drew on you for 78£ 13 shillings : 8 pence of
which have already given advice.

     Herein I send a Invoice for some Goods
some what less than I had from you last Year
the shoes I have not yet seen if they prove as good
as them you sent me the Year before I shall not complain
I pray your utmost care in the buying of these and that
they be made on purpose for me, I now send you two
small bills of Exchange William Pain on Joseph Clegg
for ll£: 12 shillings : Moore Fauntleroy on your self 7£

     I am shipping upon Watkinson 40 or 50 hhds. more
of stripped leaf straight laid tobacco , my own Crop part of it already
[on bo] ard the rest I expect he will take when he comes down
[the river] you will hear further from me I remain Sir Your most humble servant

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A Postscript to Mr. Pemberton                              July 6th. 1723.
Lettr. per Carter. the copy per the Vine

This by Captain Watkinson and Encloses a bill of Lading
to You for 40 hogsheads of Tobacco on board the Vine all streiiped and
straight laid the above a Copy of mine per the Carter I am

Your humble servant


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1723 July 4-1724 June 11, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.

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. His usual return address, the county, and colony have been added for clarity to this unheaded draft.

In the left margin of the letter book, "per Carter | Copy per | the Vine."

[1] Moore Fauntleroy (1679-1739), a prominent citizen of Richmond County where he was a justice in 1714; he married Margaret Micou. ( "Families of Webster, Bachman, Van Valkenburg, McCall, etc.," 8/21/2009 and Beverley Fleet. Virginia Colonial Abstracts . . . Richmond County Records 1703-1724. [Privately published, (1943?)]. p. 97. )

[2] Watkinson was captain of the Vine, a ship that may have been owned by Micajah Perry. (See Carter to Pemberton, 1724 March 25)

This text revised August 21, 2009.