Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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April 3, 1708
Letter from Robert Carter to John Goodwin, 1708 April 3

     Robert Carter complains to London merchant John Goodwin, 1708April 3, that Goodwin so seldom writes that he must "have donewonders with the Tobo. you had on your hands," and reports that heis enclosing a bill of lading for 9 hogsheads of tobacco belonging tothe estate of Ralph Wormeley. He also notes that the warship Garlandand some merchant ships from Bristol arrived a couple of daysearlier.

Robert Carter to John Goodwin, April 3,1708

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Rappa [hannock, LancasterCounty, Virginia]

April 3d. 1708
Mr. John Goodwin

     You so seldom favour me with writing that I have none of yors [sic] wch. at
this time call for answer, you have such a vacancy of Talk thatthere's
no doubt but you have done wonders with the Tobo. you had on your
hands, The businessof this is to cover a Bill of Lading for nine hds. of
Tobo belonging to Esqr. WormelyesEstate I have drawn on you for
the Impost being 19S, we have yet no Accot ofthe London Fleet,
The Garland man of war & some of the Bristol men are arrived within this 2 or 3
d [ays]

I am Yor Humble Servt:


Source copy consulted: Christ ChurchParish, Lancaster County, Processioners' Returns, 1711-1783, andWormeley Estate Papers, 1701-1710, 1716, Acc. 30126, ArchivesResearch Services, Library of Virginia, Richmond, 178.

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, especiallyto merchants abroad. The county and state have been added forclarity.

[1] The impost was the duty imposedby Britain on imported tobacco.

[2] H.M.S. Garland was commanded by Charles Stewart ; when she returned the followingyear under the command of a Captain Cook, she was wrecked November29, 1709, on the North Carolina coast. ( Executive Journals of the Council. . . . 3(1721-1739): 169, 219, 228,etc. )

This text revised September 23,2008.