Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Captain John Hyde and Company, August 8, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to the London firm of merchants known as Captain John Hyde and Company, August 8, 1723, to report a bill of exchange he has drawn on them against the account of the estate of his son-in-law, Nathaniel Burwell, to John Bagg. He reports that the damage to the crops from a recent storm has been extensive, and in a post script tells the firm of a second bill of exchange to Daniel Watts.

Letter from Robert Carter to Captain John Hyde and Company, August 8, 1723

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

Augst. 8th 1723 -- --

Capt. Jno. Hyde & Company

Gentm --

     I write to You this Lettr. Via Glasgow to advise
You that Yesterday, as I am the Guardian to Mr. Burwells Children
I drew a bill of Exche. upon You for £50 payable to Mr. John Bagge
Directing You to Charge it to that Estate,
I Conclude the Bills in the Plural Number Mr Bagge is to carry
[them] to Collo. Page for his Signing Also

     The Damage Done our Crops by the late Rains and
Wind proves to be more considerably than we Expected & now
Stemd Tobo. is prohibited, all broken leaves must go to the
Dunghill but Enough of this Already, I am --

Sirs Yor. most humble Servt.

per the Mazereen. Herein is a Second bill of Danl. Watts's


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter letter book, 1723 June 16-1724 April 23, Robert Carter Papers (acc. no. 3807), Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

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. The county and colony have been added for clarity.

[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 8/22/2005 )

[2] This probably was John Bagge (1682?-1726), rector of St. Anne's Parish, Essex County, 1709-1711 and 1718-1726. He had served Sittenburne Parish in Richmond County, 1711-1716. ( John K. Nelson. A Blessed Company: Parishes, Parsons, and Parishoners in Anglican Virginia, 1690-1776. [Chapel Hill and London: University of North Carolina Press, 2001]. p. 304. )

This text revised November 18, 2009.