Robert Carter Nicholas letter to John Norton, 1768 June 14


Robert Carter Nicholas letter to John Norton, 1768 June 14



Robert Carter Nicholas letter to John Norton, merchant in London. Nicholas writes concerning Thomas Powell whose friends have secured him a position with Dr. Riddell of Yorktown following the death of Dr. Catton. Dr. Riddell was a physician of note in the area. Thomas Powell, of Yorktown, went on to become a doctor and served as a surgeon during the American Revolution. Nicholas notes that he has drawn on Norton for £50 for Powell. He also writes concerning his effort to put together a crop of tobacco to send to Norton and to let him know that his son, John Hatley Norton, is well.


MS 1936.3.89
Folder 8


John Norton and Sons Papers, MS 1936.3


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


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Williamsburg 14th. June 1768

Dear Sir.

Mr. Thomas Powell's Friends, upon the
Death of Doctr. Catton, have engaged him a very
advantagious Birth with Dr. Riddell at York,
& by this Opportunity desire his immediate
Return. I have drawn on you this Day in his Fa-
vour for fifty Pounds sterling. I have given the
Bill the usual Days of Sight, but, if his Exigencies
should require it, I don't doubt you'll let him
have the money sooner. Capt. Robinson has not
yet made his appearance, but we look for him
every Day. I don't know what Quantity of Tobo.
I shall be able to ship you; my Crop was but short
& I am offer'd 20s stg. pct. for the whole; I would rather
ship even at a small Loss so that, if your Advices
are encouraging, perhaps I may make you a hand-
some Consignment, but persuade myself you would
not desire it, if I were to be too great a Loser. I
have purchased fifteen Hogsheads to farther my
Inclination to dispatch your Ship. I have not seen
yr. Son very lately, but have heard of him
within these few Days & believe he is very well.
My best Wishes always attend you & yours,
as I am very truly,

Dr. Sir,
Yr. affte. & mo. obt. Servt.
Ro. C. Nicholas

Address leaf

Mr. John Norton
Mercht. in

Virga. 14th. June 1768.
Ro Carter Nicholas
Recd. ye 25 July
p Mr. Stevenson
Ansd. the augt. 1768.
p Capt. Woodford

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Nicholas, Robert Carter, 1728-1780, “Robert Carter Nicholas letter to John Norton, 1768 June 14,” John Norton & Sons Papers, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library, accessed May 25, 2022,