Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Burridge, August 27, 1723

     Robert Carter to Dorset merchant John Burridge, August 27, 1723, sending two bills of exchange (not present) and alerting him to the very poor crop in the colony.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Burridge, August 27, 1723

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

Augst. 27th. 1723 --

John Burridge, Esq.

     I wrote to You the other day by Captain Wilson at
large since which the enclosed bills of exchange are come to hand to wit, Colonel
Thomas Lee on yourself for £4"16"6. & ditto Lee on Nathaniel Gundry
for £15"3"6. both which sums I desire Your management of,

     You will have a lamentable storey of the Destruction of
Our Crops by the winds & Rains, I think it may be very well asserted with
a great deal of probability we shall not make above half
Crops I am
Sir --

Your most 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. The county and colony have been added for clarity to the heading on the 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 8/22/2005 )

[2] Thomas Lee (1690-1750) was the son of Richard Lee II, and nephew of Edmund Jenings; he would build "Stratford," and succeed Carter on the Council. ( Burton J. Hendrick. The Lees of Virginia: Biography of a Family. [Boston: Little Brown, 1935]. pp. 48, 51, etc. )

[3] Nathaniel Gundry was a merchant in Lyme Regis, Dorset, and mayor of that town several times. His son was a member of Parliament and later a judge. ( George Robert. History and Antiquities of the Borough of Lyme Regis & Charnmouth. [London, 1834]. pp. 97, 383-4. ; and Sedgwick. The History of Parliament . . . Commons. pp. 91-92. )

This text revised January 25, 2010.