Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, December 12, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Micajah Perry, December 12, 1727, complaining that he has not been allowed a discount upon the fees for 90 hogsheads sent for sale. He comments on Perry's charges for "Collo: Bolling's commission," for "Mr. Blew the lawyer," and on affairs of the estates of Nathaniel Burwell, Merchants Hundred, and the Lloyds. He concludes that he is pondering what to do with the £1500 bank annuity which he assumes has come to Perry's hands because of the Act of Parliament.

Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, December 12, 1727

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Mr: Micajah Perry     Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Decembr: 12th: 1727

Sir --

     I have the favour of your two letters of the 23d of August
& 9th of October & find I am not to have the Discounts upon my 90 hogsheads allowed
me without the satisfaction of meeting with a Convincing reason why
you deprive me of it. Admitting you are right in saying that the state of
my Cash in your hands at that time (which I can by no means agree to)
was too low yet seeing the circumstances of my Affairs has been
larger both before & since than the calls of my Occasions a much lon-
ger time than the disbursements you were out of pocket for me I can
not in my way of reasoning see why I might not have not Expected the
same benefit from your money as you reap from mine This part of
my Argument you have not thought fit to give me any answer to
how far this proceeding is consistent with the strictest justice &
honour I Shall leave to your consideration

      Colonel Bolling's commission you agree to allow me
I suppose before this Mr. Randolph has paid into your hands on my
Account the Effects of the 67 hogsheads which I am well satisfyed he was
ordered by Colonel Bolling to Do having in my hands the bills of La=
ding with such Directions upon them

     I am under no apprehension but you paid to Mr Blew

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the lawyer all the money you charge me with & am in no wa [nt of]
sight of his receipt all that I observed was it seem'd [illegible] a great de [al]
& his Solicitation I had no Occasion of because the matter was deter
mined before by the Kings instruction which Colonel Drysdale was
pleased to conceal to say no more of it

     You are pleased to own Your Self mistaken in not
allowing the Discounts on the Merchants hundred Tobacco & to tell me you
had given Mr. Burwells Estate Credit for it thus far in part I am
satisfied but the broken Accot of Paget it seems is still to stand a dead
weight upon that Estate. You are pleased to Observe that some have
thought proper to bear that loss with a view to recommend themselves bu [t]
you think it will be paying too Dear for your commissions I cannot he [re]
forbear to call to your remembrance the methods of your father & Gra [nd]
who never charged a broken Account to any man in the long course
of their business, one would think if other mens Examples are no rule for
you to theirs at least you would pay a venerable regard. I am obliged to you
for your kind promises that in respect of the long correspondence that
I have had subsisting in your family shall always prompt you You will be ready to do
me all the good Offices in your power which as I receive them I shall
never fail in suitable acknowledgements

     I shall now look forward herein I send you my Accot of
the disbursements upon the LL's Estate for the Year 1726 it is larger
than has been Usual Occasioned by paying for Grounds & housing for
a great many of the slaves & I have told you often & do now again that the
plantations belonging to that Estate will not Afford a tolerable berth
for above 25 or at most 30 of the slaves & this upon enquiry you may
learn from others men as well as from me

     Herein I send you a bill of Exchange from Ed-
mund Bagg On Mr Cary for £ 200 it is Mr Burwells money & must be
placed to his credit I also send you a bill of Exchange of my own
Wilson Cary Draws upon your self for £54:13:9 this & my Accot
of my Disbursements mentioned above I desire may be placed to my

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     By a former letter from you & indeed by the Act
of Parliament for the paying of the Annuities I must conclude
my bank Annuity of £1500. is now paid into your hands my next
consideration must be how to employ this money to Advantage I almost
doubt should I propose to let it lie in your hands at an interest of 4 percent
you would reject it I will pause a while perhaps if you design to say any
thing to it Until I may have your Answer if you will not meddle with
it my present thoughts are to turn it into bank Stock.

     I am now to remember there is two years rent due
to the Proprietors if you have not paid any since the last Accot: but I hope
you have paid one half of it at least & if you have paid it all I shall not
be disturbed provided you have Deducted Colonel Jennings's debt
although if the last years rent be not paid until March next the proprietors will have no reason to complain
I shall Close here & now go to Yours of the 9th of October remaining

                  Yor: most humble Servt

per Captain Christian


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. The right margin of the second page of this draft has been damaged.

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] John Bolling (1677-1729), a great-grandson of John Rolfe and Pocahontas, was a prominet citizen of Henrico County where he served as delegate in the Assembly and as justice. He was a merchant of some stature in the colony. (Kneebone et al. Dictionary of Virginia Biography. 2:61-62. )

[2] Wilson Cary (1702-1772) of "Richneck" in Warwick County and "Ceelys" in Elizabeth City County, naval officer and receiver of the Lower District of James River from 1726, county lieutenant, justice. (McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 4[1721-1739]: 98-99. )

[3] See the discussion of the Northern Neck proprietary on this project's home page.

[4] James Christian was captain of the Rose, a vessel owned by merchant John Pemberton of Liverpool. (See Carter to Pemberton, April 15, 1730.)

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised July 8, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.