Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to [Edmund Jenings], July 6, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to [Edmund Jenings] of York County, July 6, 1723, to remind Jenings of the interest payments now due Carter. He tells Jenings that his neighbor, Philip Smith, will carry the letter to Williamsburg, but knows nothing of the contents. Carter's son, John, will deliver the letter if he should be in town. He also reminds Jenings of sums due to the proprietors, and writes that he cannot wait later than September first for this money.

Letter from Robert Carter to [Edmund Jenings ], July 6, 1723

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Corotom[an Lancaster County, Virginia]
July the 6th. 1723

Honorable Sir,

     Having now this good
opportunity by my neighbour Capt. Phil=
=lip Smith
I think it proper to desire
you to send me your bills of Exchange for
the interest money that is now due me;
to wit, for the fifteen pound [s] due me upon
the 5th of Aprill last and for the sixty
pounds due upon the 1st of this instant:
and if you send me any other bills I
expect your endorsement upon them.
Upon receipt of your bills as aforesaid
I do hereby promise to send or give you a
discharge for them as soon as you shall desire.

     Capt. Smith knows nothing of the
contents of this letter. I have writt
to my son about it; and if he is in
town, have directed him to wait upon
you with this letter.

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     The Proprietor's money that is yet unpaid at least
so much of it as you own to be due in the Accot: you settled
under your hands when I came out of Town, I press you
very earnestly to be Expetitions in paying to me That I
may be able to transmit to them their Bills to them by some
of our later ships, I am very desirous to do you all the
Service I can and as this matter has been carried on
thus far carried on Amicably, so I should be glad it may
be finished so, and I am willing to wait till the first
of September for your payment but longer I cannot
Stay, I shall not be just to the Propritrs: nor Escape
their Censure if I omitt of any longer delay, please
to give my Service to your Lady and Son and believe
me to be Sr

Your most Faithfull humble Servt.


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1723 July 4-1724 June 11, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond, and Minor-Blackford Papers, James Monroe Law Office and Museum, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

This letter was begun on what was the first page of the letter book where the nineteenth-century copyist found and recorded it; since his time, the first page has disappeared leaving only the final paragraph and the date line (which was at the foot of the original) extant in the letter book at the Virginia Historical Society.

The county and colony have been added for clarity to the return address of the draft.

See Carter's letter to his son John, July 6, 1723, concerning the latter's delivery of this letter.

[1] Philip Smith was sheriff of Northumberland County in 1723-1724. (McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 4[1721-1739]: 34,67. )

[2] 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." 8/22/2005 )

This text revised September 25, 2009.