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 King, September 12, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to Bristol merchant John King, September 12, 1723, to alert him to a bill of exchange he has drawn to Nicholas Smith and requesting an account current with the goods he ordered previously.

Letter from Robert Carter to John King, September 12, 1723

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

Sept. 12th. 1723 --

Mr. John King

Sir --

     The only Occasion of this is to advise You that Just
Now I have drawn a bill of Exche. upon You payble to Majr. Nicho.
for £17. who is now at my house & was desirous of having
this money in Your hands, by a former Lettr. I writ to You for
a Small parcell of Goods, with which I hope You will Send me an
Accot. Currt. I shall Give You no further trouble at present but
to Subscribe

Sir         Yor. very humble Servt.

per the [omission in text] of Bristol


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 )

This text revised February 18, 2010.