Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Burridge, July 5, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant and member of Parliament John Burridge, July 5, 1723, that he has chartered a ship belonging to Edward Tucker of Weymouth on which he is shipping tobacco to him and to his cousin, Robert Burridge. He advises Burridge of a bill of exchange drawn on him to merchants Francis Chamberlayne and Francis Sitwell.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Burridge, July 5, 1723

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
July the 5th. 1723
Jno Burridge Esqr.


     Formerly I advised you I had charterd a Catch
of Mr. Tukers Jno. Russell Master to come to your port I believe
I have something more then 50 hhds: on Board her 20 of the leaf
I have orderd to be consigned to your Cosin 20 my of [sic ] Crop and the
rest to your self, She took in her load in Potomak I reckon her
near Sailing if not already gone,

     The cheif occasion of this is to advise you that I
have this day drawn on you for a hundred pound payable
to Messers Francis Chamberlain and [Francis] Sitwell desiring your
punctual compliance there with I am Sr

your most humble Servt:


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 state have been added for clarity to this unheaded draft.

[1] John Russell would be in 1727 captain of the Portland, a vessel owned by Edward Tucker of Weymouth. This may be the ketch that Carter refers to in this letter. ( Survey Report 9729 describing the Weymouth Port Books, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. )

[2] Francis Chamberlayne may have been the wealthy grocer of London whose daughter Elizabeth married John Francis Fauquier, an official of the mint and director of the Bank of England, between 1694 and 1702. Carter had represented Chamberlain and his partner, Francis Sitwell, in the sale of a cargo of slaves in 1720. ( )