Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton, August 23, 1727

     Robert Carter writes a brief letter sent by the Carter to Liverpool merchant John Pemberton, August 23, 1727, to cover 30 second bills of exchange (not present), noting that the first bills have been sent with other papers on Pemberton's ship, the John & Betty.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Pemberton, August 23, 1727

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Mr. John Pemberton     Rappa[hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Augst: 23d: 1727

Sir --

     This is to Accompany thirty Second bills of
for Accot. of the Owners of the Ship John and Betty Wm:
Denton Mr. Amounting to Seventeen hundred and twenty nine
[pounds] Seventeen Shillings A list of them you have Enclosed The first of them
go by your own Ship together with Sundry other Papers relat
ing to the concern I am Sir

Yor: very humble Servt. --

per the Carter


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter letter book, 1727 May-1728 July, Robert Carter Papers (acc. no. 3807), Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

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.

[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] The John & Betty was a Liverpool ship often carrying slaves owned by merchant John Pemberton. In 1726 the captain was John Gale, and in the next year, she was commanded by a Captain William Denton. The ship would be lost in 1729. (Wright. Letters of Robert Carter. . . . p. 18, n. 23; Carter to Pemberton, April 15; 1730, and Carter to William Dawkins, June 28, July 26, and August 22, 1727, for Denton's first name.)

This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised November 22, 2013, to strengthen the footnotes and modern language version text.