Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Gale, September 2, 1728

     Robert Carter writes to Glasgow merchant John Gale, September 2, 1728, to alert him that he has drawn on the balance in the merchant's hands for a payment to John Tayoe.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Gale, September 2, 1728

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

Sepr. 2d. 1728

Mr. John Gale

Sir --

     In mine by Capt: Bowman I gave you an Acct.
of my drawing upon you for my ballance and Since I have done it to
wit to Colonel John Tayloe for £99"10 which I request yor. paymt.
of at time by his promise the bill was not to be Sent away before the
Ship I bought the Slaves out of returnd She is not yet gon however it is
not amiss to be early in my advice I wish you happy & am

              Sir --
                  Yor. most humble Servt.

Per Dunlop.


Source copy consulted: Letter book, 1728 August-1731 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] John Gale (ante 1671-1729) was a Whithaven merchant whom Carter would write a number of times times between1720 and 1729. "Like his brothers John was engaged in maritime trade. Operating as John Gale and Company, he was named as the owner of the vessel Clotilda, built in England in 1726 and registered in Whitehaven in 1727 at 25 tons." The Gale family had many connections with the colonies, especially in Virginia and Maryland. (Gayle N.Mandell, "The Gale/Gayle Families," extensive genealogical and historical notes available online. )

[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] John Tayloe (1687-1747) of Mt. Airy, Richmond County, who served as justice, burgess, colonel of militia, and as a member of the Council after 1732. (Ryland. Richmond County Virginia. . . . pp. 115-16. )

[4] 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 )

[5] The Martha was commanded by a Captain Dunlop and owned by Richard Oswald & Company; see Carter to Richard Oswald & Company August 11, 1729, and Carter to Oswald, July 27,1731 .

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised December 22, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.