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, June 24, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to Weymouth merchant Edward Tucker, June 24, 1727, to send him a bill of lading (not present) for 6 hogsheads of tobacco that he is sending on board Tucker's ship, the Portland. He notes that Captain John Russell could have sailed with the current fleet had he sent a sloop to York River rather than sailing his vessel there to load 30 hogshead which will fill the ship.

Letter from Robert Carter to Edward Tucker, June 24, 1727

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Mr. Edward Tucker       Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]       
June the 24th. 1727


     The Only Occasion of this is to Enclose a bill
of Lading for 6 hogsheads: of tobacco on board yor: Ship Portland now
bound for York where he has 30 hogsheads of tobacco to take in and
will delay him that it will be Impossible for him to Save this
first Fleet and Consequently he must Stay until the next which
is appointed the 25th: of next month these 30 hogsheads will make him
a full Ship It would have been Considerably in his dispatch if
he had Sent a Sloop for them I Shall write to you again by this
first Fleet Conclude at present

Yor: very humble Servt:

per the Portland


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 merchants abroad. The county and colony have been added for clarity to the heading on the draft.

[1] John Russell commanded the Portland, a vessel owned by Weymouth merchant Edward Tucker. ( Survey Report 9729 detailing the Weymouth Port Books, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. )

[2] Carter uses "save" to mean "be in time for."

This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised November 17, 2012,2.