Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, August 22, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to Micajah Perry, August 22, 1727, to direct him to pay £200 to another London merchant, John Falconar.

Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, August 22, 1727

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Augst: the: 22d: 1727

To Mr. Micja: Berry [sic ]
Mercht. of London
Sir --

     At Twenty days Sight of this my first note of this Tenor
I do hereby desire and Order you to pay or cause or Cause to be paid
into the hands of Mr. John Falconar Mercht. of London The Sum of Two
hundred pounds Sterlling & place the Same to Accot: of

              Yor: humble Servt:


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.

The addresws to Micajah Perry has been moved from the foot of the letter to the heading.

[1]John Falconar (d. ca. 1729) was a London merchant with whom Carter dealt. In 1728, Falconar and Henry Darnell formed an association of 29 London tobacco merchants to deal with the French tobacco purchasing agent as a group in order to keep the price as high as possible. The association lasted only lasted a year or two before dissolving because some of its members were dealing directly with the French agent and selling below the agreed-upon price. (See Carter's letter to Falconar of July 24 and August 22, 1727, for details about the payment of £200 to him. (See Carter to William Dawkins, for Falconar's death date. Arthur Pierce Middleton. Tobacco Coast: A Maritime History of the Chesapeake Bay in the Colonial Era. Newport News, VA: Mariners' Museum, 1953. p. 129 )

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised November 21, 2013, to strengthen the footnotes and modern language version text.