Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Edward Tucker, August 27, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to Weymouth merchant Edward Tucker, August 27, 1723, to cover two bills of exchange (not present).

Letter from Robert Carter to Edward Tucker, August 27, 1723

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

Augst. 27th. 1723 --

Mr. Edwd. Tucker

Sir -- --

     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. George
on yourself for £21"8"7. & James Lamkin on ditto £2"17"-
with which I Expect you'll credit my Account is all at present From

Your 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] This may have been James Lamkin (1680-1736) of Westmoreland County. ( See "Yatesville History & Genealogy," at )

This text revised January 28, 2010.