Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

   A Collection Transcribed
        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins, July 13, 1728

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant William Dawkins, July 13, 1728, to remind him of bills of exchange and enclose an invoice (not present); Carter chides him for not sending accounts current for a long time.

Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins , July 13, 1728

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Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
July the 13th: 1728

Mr. Wm: Dawkins

Sir --

     In mine by Trice I acquainted you that Colonel
and I had drawn upon you for £100 payable to Colonel Braxton
upon the Accot: of Mr. Burwells Estate We have also drawn upon
you for £12 payable to Charles Stagg on the same Accot: which desire
may be answered at time, The Tobacco that has been Consigned to you
of that Concern [illegible] went in Adam Graves and Colonel Page or Mr. Cary Sent you
bill of Lading for it,

     Herein comes an Invoice for a Supply for the
Children in which you have directions how to buy and Ship them
It is so long Since we had an Account Current from you and your Acots.
of Sales has been returned to us so Slowly that we cannot be under
any Certainty how that Affair Stands in your books I hope we have
not overdone you I am

Sent to York              Sir --
                                  Your very humble Servant

Sent to York --

P:S: herein Send you a Small bill
drawn by John Froad on G. Strange
of Biddeford


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. In the complimentary close, a second clerk has entered notes that the letter has been "Cpd" (Copied) with his name, and this has been indicated by italics.

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 to the heading on the draft.

[1] The 140 ton Welcome was owned by London merchant James Bradley to whom Carter would write about her on May 17, 1727 . John Trice (Frice) was her captain, 1723-1728. ( Adm 68/195, 154r, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. )

[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 21, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.