Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins, March 6, 1724

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant William Dawkins, March 6, 1724, reporting on the activities of Captain Adam Graves in the colony. Graves has over 200 hogsheads of tobacco on board and his men are out with his sloops seeking more, but he has decided to sail on schedule whether or not the ship is full. Carter understands from a letter from Thomas Evans that the Carter and Captain Richardson's ship are bound for the colony but Carter is doubtful about their being able to get a full cargo; he will have only 40 hogsheads.

Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins, March 6, 1724

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

Mar. the 6th. 1723/4

Mr. Wm. Dawkins

Sir --

     This is designed by the Burwell Adam Graves is now
here, tells me he had written to You a few days ago, I need say the less, February
hath been a terrible month for Water business nothing but Snow
Rain & hard Norwester's all the time, he hath now he says 200 & odd
hhds. on board, his sloops all out & has been a good while hath Sent
Expresses for his Men to come away forthwith whether loaded or
not, Tobacco crowds upon him abundance more than he can carry, he
resolves to go at his Appointed time whether he's full or no, Me thinks
in such a Case as his if any Accident befall him that he cannot
reach his Port before the Act takes place the Justice of the House of Commons
will readily go into a private Act for his relief,

     I have a Letter from Mr. Evans of the 22d. of November tells me the Carter and
Richardson were both coming to our River what will become of them
Especially the former I can't foresee, at all Adventures I Should be
glad to compound for her load at £6 per Tun, My Quota that I can
pretend to have for her will not Exceed forty hhds.

     this a hasty line only from --

Your very humble Servant


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] Adam Graves was a son of Captain Thomas Graves (d. ante 1720), long a captain of vessels trading to Virginia, and a special friend of Robert Carter's. Adam Graves commanded the Bailey in 1725-1727, a ship that belonged to London merchant William Dawkins. ( Survey Report 6800, and Adm. 68/194-196 found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia )

[2] Captain [James?] Richardson commanded the Sarah and was based in Weymouth.