Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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1702 July 15
Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Corbin, 1702 July 15

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Thomas Corbin concerning a shipment of 12 hogsheads of tobacco belonging to the estate of Ralph Wormeley sent previously, a debt of the estate for which he has drawn on Corbin, recent bad weather that has damaged the crops, and that his sister-in-law, Elizabeth Wormeley, owns a one-fifth share of the previous year's crops, and that she has taken her portion of the current year's crop.

Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Corbin, July 15, 1702

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Rappa[hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

July the 15th 1702.

Mr. Tho. Corbin
Sr. -- --

     My last was by the Abram Captain . Street , It Coverd
a Bill of Lading for 12 hogsheads Tobo sent you in Ditto
Ship belonging to the Estate of Esquire Wormeley
deceast, herein is a Second Bill of Lading.

     Mr. Secretarys Estate Stood Indebted to the Auditor Colonel
Byrd in the sume of 55:16:5 I have Drawn on you
for the Debt, and Desire you make punctual paym [ent]
Charging the same to the Debit of that Estate.

     for News hence little Stirring, We have had violent
Rains of Late that hath very much Damag'd our low [land Crops]
& have risen soe into the weeds We don't know when we shall get Clear of them
Whether Warr or Peace in Europe we are at this ti [me]
Ignorent here, We have an Account of some skirm [ishes]
between the Dutch & French but no further My sister Wormeley hath Desir'd me
to advise you that a 5th. part of the
produce of Last Years Crop belongs to
her, this year she hath taken her pro=
portion to her self. God send the [ship]
safe home to yo [u] shall not add further att [this time]
but am Sr.

Your very humble [Servant ]


Source copy consulted: Christ Church Parish, Lancaster County, Processioners' Returns, 1711-1783, and Wormeley Estate Papers, 1701-1710, 1716, Acc. 30126, Archives Research Services, Library of Virginia, Richmond. Extract printed in William and Mary Quarterly , 2nd ser., 17(1909): 256-257.

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 state have been added for clarity.

This text revised June 9, 2008.