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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,
Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County,Virginia]
May 25: 1708
Mr. Francis Lee
Since the coming in
of the young Wormelys
for what Tobacco of theirs has been shipped nor to whom, the most of
thisyears Crop I think still lies by them there is
hogsheads of their
Tobacco on board the Carter wch they desired me totake Bill of
Lading & for accordingly I have chosen to send it to youand herein
is thebill of Lading I Hope it may prove good & come to an
Acceptable market being the needful atpresent from
Sir yor affectionate
Country-man &Humble Servant
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.
 "Coming in" means return to Virginia.
 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.