Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Messrs. Haswell and Brooks, July 22, 1728

     Robert Carter writes to London merchants Messrs. Haswell and Brooks, July 22, 1728, to send an invoice (not present) for goods.

Letter from Robert Carter to Messrs. Haswell and Brooks, July 22, 1728

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Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
July the 22d 1728

Messrs. Haswell & Brooks

     My last was of the Eighth Instant this
Serves to enclose an Invoice for a parcel of Goods the Buying &
Shipping whereof I desire you will observe the directions gi-
ven By the Carter will be your Next entertainment from

                  Yor: Most Humble Servant

Sent to York
Copy per Carter


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.

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] Haswell and Brooks was a London firm listed in 1740 directories of that city. Samuel Haswell was a London Assurance director in Suffolk Lane. John Brooks' obituary appeared in the Pennsylvania Gazette, May 8, 1740, where his partnership with Haswell was noted and that he had been "formerly Commander of the George, in the Virginia Trade." ( A Compleat Guide to All Persons who have any Trade or Concern with the City of London and Ports adjacent. . . . London: Printed for J. Osborn, at the Golden Ball in Pater-noster-row, MDXXXL ; and Kent's Directory For the Year 1740 Containing An Alphabetical List of the Names and Places of Abode of the Directors of Companies, Persons in Publick Business, Merchants, and other Eminent Traders in the Cities of London and Westminster, and the Borough of Southwark. London: Printed and Sold by Henry Kent in Finch-Lane, near the Royal Exchange: and by the Booksellers and Pamphlets Shops of London and Westminster, 1740. 8/12/2005. p. 39. Brooks' obituary courtesy of Todd A. Farmerie, 1/21/2013.)

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised November 24, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.