Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Mrs. Sarah Parker, June 1, 1727

     Robert Carter responds to a worried Mrs. Sarah Parker, June 1, 1727, that he is not aware of her husband's being in the colony, but that a bill of exchange that he drew on his Philadelphia correspondent was cashed by John Parker, November 23, 1725.

Letter from Robert Carter to Mrs. Sarah Parker, June 1, 1727

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Rappa[hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]   
June 1st: 1727

Mrs. Sarah Parker

     I rec"d yors: of the 9th of Feby: two days ago I am Sorry
I am [sic ] to let you know I have heard nothing of your husbands
Arrival into any part of this Country however I am not wth:
out hopes of his being well the money lent to my Steward
in Philadelphia I drew a bill of Exche for Six pounds Thirteen
and four pence on Capt: Hyde and Compa. who charges me
with the payment of it in their Accot: Currt: Nobr: 23d: 1725
Said to be paid to John Parker and thus I have answerd
the desire of your Letter I am

Yor. humble Servt:

The John & David

This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised August 3, 2012, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, 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 persons 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," 8/22/2005 )

[2] Carter sent a letter to Robert Cary by this Glasgow ship, Captain Smillie, on June 1, 1727.