Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, July 4 and 26, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Micajah Perry, July 4 and 26, 1723, to give him the details of how he intends to pay his current obligation of one-half of Perry's advancement of £1,500 for the purchase of the post of secretary of state of the colony for Carter's son John.

Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, July 4 and 26, 1723

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
July the 4th 1723
Mr Micaja Perry

                             To be writ

Sr -- --

     In a former letter I promised you to be my
Security for the fifteen hundred pounds you advanced
in his behalf for his Secretarys Commission and undertook
to pay you the Money in Two Years, the one half by this
Shipping the other half per the next, I now come to f[ulfill]
that Engagement in order thereto
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     Herein I send you a bill of Exchange upon Mr.
for 200£ one Do upon Mr. Stark of Glassgow [sic]
for 100£ These my own bills Mr. Charles Grimes bill on
yourself for 78£ and Mr. John Grimes Ditto for 30£ 17S: 2d,
The 4th of Aprill last I sent you a bill of Jno Tarpley on
William Western of Pool for 110£: 1s: 11d, Amounting in all to
Five hundred Eighteen pound Nineteen Shillings and one
penny what of this money will not be paid and what
remains after to make up the Entire sum of Seven hundred
and fifty pounds you are to make me debter for in my
Accot: Currant I have already told you I wll pay no
Interest for this Money nor shall my Son either for reasons
I know you will not pretend to answer

     Mr Stark hath promised to pay my Money in
London without any discompt for Exchange the Inclosed
Lettr to him is to that purpose however I undertake
to bear the charge of making it Londo. Money I shall mix
no other Affair with this but Conclude Sr

Your humble Servt.

A Clause to be added to the Lettr.
9 Leaves forward

A Clause to be added to the Lettr. 10 Leavs. forward

A clause to be added to Mr. Perrys Lettr. abt. bills of Exche.
                                                            July 26. 1723 --

     Herein are second bills of Exche. of those went
by the Carter as above Also two firsts one for £35 on Yor.
Self By Robt. Carter, Esq , the other for £6"1"0" on Wm. Anderson
of Glasgow by James Buchanan, which I desire Credt.


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1723 July 4-1724 June 11, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. There is a 19th-century transcript in the Minor Papers in the Minor-Blackford Papers, James Monroe Law Office and Museum, Fredericksburg, VA.

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.

[1] A bill of exchange is a kind of check or promissory note without interest. It is used primarily in international trade, and is a written order by one person to pay another a specific sum on a specific date sometime in the future. If the bill of exchange is drawn on a bank, it is called a bank draft. If it is drawn on another party, it is called a trade draft. Sometimes a bill of exchange will simply be called a draft, but whereas a draft is always negotiable (transferable by endorsement), this is not necessarily true of a bill of exchange. ( "Dictionary of Financial Scam Terms." at\/Dictionary-of-Financial-Scam-Terms\/bill_of_exchange.htm. )

[2] Charles Grymes (c. 1692-1743) was the son of John Grymes of Middlesex County, but lived at "Morratico," Richmond County where he was sheriff, burgess, etc. ( "The Grymes Family." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography . 28[1920]: 90-96, 187-94, 283-85, 374-75. and Ryland. Richmond County Virginia. . . . pp. 500, 504, 514.

[3] John Tarpley (1661-ca. 1739) was sheriff and a justice of the peace in Richmond County. ( "Capt. John Tarpley I Family," at\/family\/EC\/tarpley.johnI.html. )

This letter was revised April 3, 2002 to add the post script, and again August 24, 2009.