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Letter from Robert Carter to Captain James Christian, September 7, 1727
Robert Carter writes to Captain James Christian, master of the slave ship Rose,
September 7, 1727, that he has had two letters from the ship's owner, merchant John Pemberton of Liverpool, and that he will assist in the sale of the slaves. He notes the large numbers of slaves that have arrived in the colony this year.
Letter from Robert Carter to Captain James Christian,
September 7, 1727
Capt. James Christian -- [Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia]
Sepr: the. 7th: 1727
I had two Letters Concerning you from Mr.
one Dated the 31st. of Octor. the other the 15th: of Decr. in which
he tells me of you and your ship being gon to Guinea and bound
for Virginia and if you fixt at Rappahannock I am to have the preference of
selling the Slaves if I will take the trouble upon me whether it will
be best for you to come hither or to go further it is impossible for me
to Conjecture it Seems one half of your Cargo is Boys and Girls
and your men but few if you come hither I will do the best I can
for you you have [heard]
by this Time what abundance of Negroes
have bin imported this year into this river wee have had above
Six hundred and into York I beleive more then three Times as many
I think there is no great doubt at your Loading your Ship with
new Tobbo I have discourst your Mate at large to whom Shall
I am Yor. humble Servt: --
Source copy consulted:
Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.
The name of Carter's home, "Corotoman," the county, and colony have been added for clarity to this unheaded draft.
 James Christian was captain of the Rose,
a vessel were owned by merchant John Pemberton of Liverpool. (See Carter to Pemberton,
April 15, 1730.)
This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised May 13, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.