Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Stark, [July 23, 1728]

     Robert Carter writes to Glasgow merchant John Stark, [July 23, 1728], to cover an invoice for goods and a bill of lading for tobacco (not present), some of which belongs to the Burwell estate.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Stark, [July 23, 1728]

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

Mr. John Stark

Sir --

     I have neglected Sending an Invoice hitherto
which now brings me under the inconvenience of Sending it
Via London but think it not proper to delay it any longer
The Invoice is herein Enclosed I hope you will get it time Enough
to let me have the goods by one of your Early ships of which number

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I Expect Bowman will be the next year. Mr. Cheap has promised
to take me in a dozen hogsheads but reckons it a Compliment to me to
allow me the Liberty of Consigning it to whom I please he would
very fain induce me to Send it to his Owner but I care not for
that until you Shall disoblige me, I have now bills of Lading
for my Tobacco on board the Lord Montgomerie James Montgomerie Master
12 hogsheads Mr. Burwells Estate 4 hogsheads my own I have nomore [sic ] to Say
to you at present but am

                  Your most humble Servant

Sent to York --


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 letter appears in the letter book with another of this date.

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 Stark was a prominent Glasgow merchant in the sugar trade. He served as as baillie and provost (mayor) from 1725-1727. ( John M'ure. The History of Glasgow. [Glasgow: D. Macvean and J. Wyllie & Co., 1830] pp. 227-228 as seen on Google books; and "Provosts of Glasgow" at "Welcome to Glasgow" . )

[2] Captain Samuel Bowman commanded the Lucia. Carter mentioned this vessel in his diary in June 1724, and again on 1726 March 4 when he wrote that she "came in had 20 Weeks Passage."

[3] This may have been Patrick Cheap, a merchant from Urbanna in Middlesex County. (Rutman and Rutman, A Place in Time: Middlesex. . . . p. 247. )

[4] A bill of lading is "an official detailed receipt given by the master of a merchant vessel to the person consigning the goods, by which he makes himself responsible for their safe delivery to the consignee. This document, being the legal proof of ownership of the goods, is often deposited with a creditor as security for money advanced." ( Oxford English Dictionary Online . Oxford University Press. )

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised December 2, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.