Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

   A Collection Transcribed
        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Gale, July 26. 1727

     Robert Carter writes to Glasgow merchant John Gale, July 26. 1727, to send a bill of exchange (not present) drawn by William Gilpin.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Gale, July 26. 1727

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

July the. 26th. 1727

Mr. John Gale

Sir --

     I gave the trouble of a Letter by you [r] Friend Bowman
the only occasion of this is to Enclose a Small bill of Exchange lately come
to my hand Drawn by William Nicholson of John Gilpin of your port for
£4"-"-Which I reqquest your receipt of on my Account or to return under
protest to

Sir --
Yor: very humble Servt:

per Captain Trice


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 Gale was a Glasgow merchant about whom has little been discovered. Carter would write him several times in the period 1727-1729.

[2] Captain Samuel Bowman commanded the Lucia. Carter mentioned this vessel in his diary in June 1724, and again on 1726 March 4 when he wrote that she "came in had 20 Weeks Passage."

[3] The 140 ton Welcome was owned by London merchant James Bradley to whom Carter would write about her on 1727 May 17. 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. )