Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to James Bradley, June 28, July 26, and August 22, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant James Bradley, June 28, 1727, to alert him that he is sending 20 hogsheads of tobacco on board Bradley's ship, the Welcome, and to send three bills of exchange. In a post script dated July 26th, he sends some second bills of exchange, and a bill of lading (not present) for 20 hogsheads of tobacco in the Carter. Good sales will encourage him to send more tobacco to Bradley each year. In a second post script dated August 22nd, he sends a bill of lading (not present) for 10 hogsheads on board the Carter, and a bill of exchange (not present) .

Letter from Robert Carter to James Bradley, June 28, July 26, and August 22, 1727

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Mr. James Bradley    Rappahannock [Lancaster County, Virginia]     
June the. 28th: 1727


     My last was of the 2d: Instant 20 hhds of my
Crop Tobbo: are now gon on board Capt: Trice whether he will want
any more from me or what I Shall have to Spare him dont yet
know report Says he will be a full Ship and be ready to Join the
next Fleet --

     The Cheif Occasion of this is to Send you three
bills of Exche two of them drawn upon your Self Colonel Pages
for One hundred pounds. Colonel Tayloes for £5: -- : -- the other Thos:
Massays on the Randolphs for £6 which I desire my Accot. my
Accot: [sic ] may be Credited with. I am

Yor: very humble Servt:

per Watkinson
Capt: per Capt: [sic ] Trice

                             Added to his Letter the 28 June
Mr. Jas: Bradley                                          Rappahannock July the 26th: 1727
Sir --
     herein I send you Seconds of the former bills, and a bill
of Lading for 20 hogsheads of my Crop Tobbo on board the Welcome Capt: Trice
I design you Some more Tobbo: in Carter in hopes your Sales will
be so agreeable that I Shall be Encouraged to Enlarge upon concern
Yearly, I am
                                                            Yor: humble Servt --
per Capt. Trice
Copy per Carter

                             Added to Mr. Bradleys the 26th July

     I now Send you a bill of Lading for 10 hogsheads of Tobbo:
on board the Carter Altho it wares a different mark it is of my Crops
and made it on my own plantations I have already bin large in my
writeing to you to which I Shall desire you to be referrd and Con
clude at present

                             Sir --
                                                            Yor: very humble Servt.

for LL Colonel Lomaxs bill
per the Carter


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. The close of the post script is in Carter's hand as it noted by the used of italics.

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] James Bradley was a London merchant with whom Carter dealt from at least 1723 until his death. As noted in his letter to Bradley of May 17, 1727, Bradley owned the Welcome, but little information about Bradley has been located. There is a listing of the firm of Bradly & Griffin, Merchants, Fenchurch-street, opposite the Mitre Tavern, on page 13 of Kent's Directory For the Year 1740 Containing An Alphabetical List of the Names and Places of Abode of the Directors of Companies, Persons in Publick Business, Merchants, and other Eminent Traders in the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Borough of Southwark. [London: Printed and Sold by Henry Kent in Finch-Lane, near the Royal Exchange: and by the Booksellers and Pamphlets Shops of London and Westminster, 1740]. p. 39. Online, examined 8/12/2005 and 6/14/2012. )

[2] The 140 ton Welcome was owned by London merchant James Bradley to whom Carter woite about her on May 17, 1727 . John Trice (Frice) was her captain, 1723-1727. ( Adm 68/195, 154r, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. )

[3] 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 )

43] John Tayloe (1687-1747) of Mt. Airy, Richmond County, who served as justice, burgess, colonel of militia, and as a member of the Council after 1732. (Ryland. Richmond County Virginia. . . . pp. 115-16. )

[5] Watkinson was captain of the Vine, a ship that may have been owned by Micajah Perry. (Carter to Pemberton , March 25, 1724.)

This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised December 11, 2012, to strengthen the footnotes and modern language version text.