Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Samuel Smith, April 13, 1728

     Robert Carter writes to King and Queen County resident Samuel Smith, April 13, 1728, concerning Smith's ship, the brigantine Mary, which has been fully loaded and which is sailing up the river to Smith's home. He reminds Smith to send the necessary certificates concerning the bonds Carter has taken on his behalf.

Letter from Robert Carter to Samuel Smith, April 13, 1728

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Corotoman, [Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Apl. the 13th: 1728

Mr. Sam: Smith

Sir --

     This Accompanys your Brigantine the
She hath taken One hundred and fifty two hogsheads and as
Capt: Price Says is well Stowd her Stay here hath bin much longer
then I Expected indeed the weather hath bin prodigiously hard &
unfit for business her diaster She met with coming up hath bin
one Occasion of her delay The Master hath fetchd but 14 hogsheads
all the rest hath bin brought to her Side by my Craft, I hope desire you
will take Effectual care to have Certificates returnd that my
Bond may not rise in Judgemt. agst. you nor I. I hope her Stay wth.
you will be but Short the Master Expects not above 2 or 3 days. Pray God Send her a good Voyage and you
and all Concernd Successfull I am

                  Yor. very humble Servt:


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 county and colony have been added for clarity to the name of Carter's home, "Corotoman."

[1] Samuel Smith was a resident of King and Queen County where he was a justice, and would be sheriff in 1730 and 1731.(McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 4[1721-1739]:215, 235. )

[2] The Mary was a ship owned by Samuel Smith; she was commanded by Thomas Price. (See Carter to Samuel Smith , January 22, 1728.)

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised September12, 2014, to strengthen the modern language version text.