Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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1704 May 23
Letter from Robert Carter to Jonathan Mathews and John Goodwin, 1704 May 23

     Robert Carter writes to London merchants Jonathan Mathews and John Goodwin, 1704 May 23, concerning the affairs of the estate of Ralph Wormeley for which he is one of a number of trustees. He notes that a bill of exchange to Dr. John Lomax, husband of Wormeley's daughter Elizabeth, does not appear in the account the merchants have sent, reports the shipment of 32 hogsheads belonging to the estate by two ships, and that he has drawn another bill to Dr. Lomax, adding that "It is the Last he has to Claim On that [estate]."

Letter from Robert Carter to Jonathan Mathews
and John Goodwin, May 23, 1704

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

May the [23, 170]4

Messrs. Jona. Mathews &
JohnGoodwin --

     Your Letters Invoice and Accounts Relating to Esqr. Wormeleys Estate [per]
Clay Burford Came safe, in your Account Current it appears you
Owe to that Estate 106: -- :11 1/2 But then there is a Bill for £10
I Drew on you payable to Doctor Lomax in part of his Wife's
portion not yet accounted for Which will Reduce the Credit w [ith]
you to Little, You have since Twelve hogsheads of that Concern
by the Edgard, and now by Burford there is sent you Twenty
hogsheads more, This a Line by Grave [s] to advice you, I have Dra [wn]
on you for a 100:-:-more payable to Doctor Lomax being
Another part of his Wifes portion Which Desire you at Time [to]
make payment of It is the Last he has to Claim On that [estate]
I shall not Add further here but that I am

                                                                                Your hum [ble servt]

I forgott to Advice you I Drew an
Bill payable to
on your selves for £5:12:5 on the
Estates Account.

Per Graves

first Bill of
Lading for 20 hogsheads
sent per the
Coppes of this Letter per the Mansefield
2d. Bill of Lading
for this Tobacco sent
per the Gloster. -- --


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, 159. This partially undated letter is written on the same page as another of the date May 23, 1704.

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] Probably Francis Willis of Ware Parish, Gloucester County.

This text revised June 30, 2008.