Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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May 25, 1708
Letter from Robert Carter to Francis Lee, May 25, 1708

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Francis Lee, May 25,1708, that since the return of the sons of Ralph Wormeley from schoolin England, he has not been involved in their affairs. Nevertheless,he encloses a bill of lading for 18 hogsheads of tobacco on board theCarter that they have asked him to ship, and he consigns it to Leefor sale for them.

Robert Carter to Francis Lee, May 25,1708

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Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County,Virginia]
May 25: 1708
Mr. Francis Lee

     Since the coming in of the young Wormelyes Icannot answer
for what Tobo. of theirs has bin shipt nor to whom, the most of
thisyears Crop I think still lyes by 'em there is nine 18 hogsheads of their
Tobo. on board the Carter wch they desired me totake Bill of
Lading & for accordingly I have chose to send it to youand herein
is thebill of Lading I Hope it may prove good & come to an
Acceptable markett being the needful atpresent from

Sr yor affectionate Country-man &Humble Servt.
per the Carter


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, 179.

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 colony have been added forclarity.

[1] "Coming in" means return to Virginia.

[2] Carter often referred to in theiryouth as his "Cozns." Ralph Wormeley (ca. 1681-1714), Ralph Wormeley's (d.1701) oldest son; and John Wormeley(1689-1727) because their parents were his brother-and sister-in-law. He was one of the boys' trustees under their father'swill.

This text revised September 23,2008.