Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Edward Randolph, August 27, 1728

     Robert Carter writes to London and Virginia merchant Edward Randolph, August 27, 1728, demanding payment of the proceeds of the sale of tobacco sent 2 or 3 years earlier by Robert Bolling to Randolph apparently in payment of a debt to Carter.

Letter from Robert Carter to Edward Randolph, August 27, 1728

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

Augst: the 27th: 1728

Mr. Edwd. Randolph

Sir --

     Colonel Robert Bolling of James River two
or three years ago Sent you 67 hogsheads of Tobacco the Effects of which was
to be paid to my Order This Spring in the time of our last Assembly held in
March last he acquainted me he had an Account of the Sales of this Tobacco from you
amounting to about Two Hundred and thirty one Pounds
& telling me he had your Letter wherein you promised to be Account=
able for this money to me or my order I have already written to Micajah
Esquire to demand and receive it of you, who gives me no Account
hitherto about it have therefore thought it proper to Send to him
this order upon you desiring you will cause the Payment thereof to be
made to him on his order upon my Accot and he upon receipt will give you a discharge

              Your humble Servant

Mr: Edward: Randolph
Merchant in London
per Captain Willcox


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] "Edward Randolph (October 1690-post 1756), sometimes referred to as Edward Randolph of Bremo, was a ship captain, a London tobacco merchant, and the seventh and youngest son of William Randolph and Mary Isham." He was cited in York County records in 1740: "Edward Randolph of London, mercht, now residing in Virginia, devisee under the will of Graves Pack. . . ." He was bankrupt by 1732 and Benjamin Harrison IV was among those who sued him. ( "Edward Randolph " in a carefully-footnoted Wikipedia article ; and "Charges Against Spotswood," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 4[Apr., 1897]:357. )

[2] Robert Bolling (1682-1749) "Robert Bolling,the 2nd, was the oldest son of Robert Bolling and Anne Stith. He was born January 25, 1682 and died in 1749. He was a surveyor in Charles City county in 1714 and a Justice of the Peace, and Burgess in 1723, 1726 and 1730. He married January 27, 1706, Anne, daughter of Richard and Anne (Bowler) Cocke." ( "Major Robert Bolling Jr." on WikiTree, 12/18/2014 ; and "Bolling Family," , 11/5/2004 and 12/18/2014. )

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised December 19, 2014, to strengthen the modern language version text and footnotes.