Robert Carter Nicholas letter to John Norton & Son, 1771 August 9


Robert Carter Nicholas letter to John Norton & Son, 1771 August 9


Nicholas, Robert Carter, 1728-1780 -- Correspondence
Norton, John, 1719-1777
Norton, John Hatley, 1745-1797
John Norton & Sons
Merchants -- England -- London -- Correspondence
Tobacco industry -- England -- London
Tobacco industry -- Virginia


Robert Carter Nicholas letter to John Norton & Son, merchants in London, England. Nicholas writes concerning his tobacco shipment, a debt and the scales sent him by Norton.


John Norton and Sons Papers, MS 1936.3


Special Collections, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation




Folder 45


Page 1

Williamsburg 9th. Augt. 1771

Dears Sirs,

I have already advised of my having,
at your J.H.N's Request, shipt you Ten Hhds of
Tobo. on Board of the Randolph Capn Walker, which
I desired you to insure; I have but three Hhds left,
on York River, which you'll be pleased to insure
on Board yr. Ship Virga. Capn. Robertson, who is
arrived, but I have not yet recd. any Letters.
I understand from yr. J.H.N. that his Lading will
be easily procured; if he should want, & I can
purchase twenty Hogsheads or more on reasona
ble Terms, you may depend on my giving him
all the Assistance in my Power. Having some
Money of Messrs;. Oswald''s & Mills' in my Hands, wch.
I am desirous of remiting to them immediately,
& not being able to lay it out in a Bill at this
Time, I have taken the Liberty of drawing
on you in their favour for £166..13..4 . which
you'll be pleased to charge to my private Account.

The Money Scales you sent me last
are exceedingly exact & true; I beg the favour
of you to have me a pr. made by the same Hand,
sufficient to weigh £150 or £200 of Silver at a
Drt.; to be fix'd in the same Manner to a strong
Beam, with a compleat Sett of Weights exactly
tried & stampt according to Standard & sent over by the very first Opportunity. I am, Dr. Sirs

Yrs very afftely.
Ro. C. Nicholas

Any Money Capt. Robertson
May want on yr. Acct. I
will readily supply

Page 4

Virginia 9th Augst. 1771
R C Nicholas
Rec'd ye 16 Octo.

Goods entd pa: 370
Ansd the 12 Novr.
P Capt. Rusden.

Original Format

Ink on paper




Nicholas, Robert Carter, 1728-1780, “Robert Carter Nicholas letter to John Norton & Son, 1771 August 9,” John Norton & Sons Papers, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, accessed July 23, 2018,