Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Burridge, July 9, 1728

     Robert Carter writes to Lyme Regis merchant John Burridge, July 9, 1728, to acknowledge a December 2, 1727, report of sales and two debts, and informing him of a bill of exchange and that he is not sending tobacco to him because the market in Lyme is so low.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Burridge, July 9, 1728

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]     
July the 9th: 1728

John Burridge Esqr.

Sir --

     I received your's of the 2d: of December with the Sales of my
10 hogsheads I am Sorry to find you talk of an Outstanding debt of £9:17:6
I hope this money wont be lost there was another outstanding Debt
that now you make no menton of. Your Market this year is so low
that I have not Sent any Tobacco to your Port , I have drawn a bill
of Exchange
upon you for £16 payable to Mr. Charles Stagg which I desire
you to anwer at time and is all at present from

                            Your 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.

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] Burridge was located in "Lyme Regis . . . a coastal town in West Dorset, England, situated 25 miles (40 km) west of Dorchester and 25 miles (40 km) east of Exeter. The town lies in Lyme Bay, on the English Channel coast at the Dorset-Devon border." ( "Lyme Regis" in Wikipedia. )

[2] 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 )

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised November 20, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.