Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Edward Tucker, September 2, 1728

     Robert Carter writes to Weymouth merchant Edward Tucker, September 2, 1728, to give the merchant early notice of a bill ofo exchange that he has drawn payable to John Tayloe.

Letter from Robert Carter to Edward Tucker, September 2, 1728

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

Sepr. 2d. 1728

Edward Tucker Esqr.

Sir --

     I wrote to you the other day by an Exeter man
it was quite out of my thoughts to advise you of a bill of Exchange I
had drawn upon you to Colonel John Tayloe for £30"10. The Ship I
bought the Slaves out of by whom the bills were to go is not yet come
down our river however it is necessary to be early with my advice
Captain Willson I hope is got near you by this time I took my leave
of him the 23d. of July I am.

                  Your most humble Servant

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] "Exeter . . . is a historic city in Devon, England. It lies within the ceremonial county of Devon, of which it is the county town. . . . The city is on the River Exe about 37 miles (60 km) northeast of Plymouth and 70 miles (110 km) southwest of Bristol." ("Exeter" in Wikipedia.)

[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 )

[13] 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] The Rappahannock.

[5] A Captain Wilson is mentioned in Carter's letter to Edward Tucker of May 27, 1721 , as having arrived after "15 weeks passage." and in his 1723 diary.

[6] 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.