Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

   A Collection Transcribed
        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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July 13, 1720
Letter from Robert Carter to [John Carter, July 13,1720]

     Robert Carter writes to his son John Carter, then in Londonstudying law, about July 13, 1720, reporting in the closing fragmentthat survives that the family is well and expressing his hope thatJohn "may be a wise & Good man & prove a Comfort to Your family."

Letter from Robert Carter to [JohnCarter, July 13, 1720]

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[July 13, 1720]
[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

      [. . . ] Country fitted for Your DutytoYour God & Neighbours
Yor bro [the] rs and Sisters & all Yorrelations are well I thank
God at this time to whose mercifull providence & Guidance
I Commit You making It my daily request That You may
be a wise & Good man & prove a Comfort to Your
family particularly to --

Yor Dear Affectionate Father


Source copy consulted: Robert CarterLetter Book, 1720 July-1721 July, BR 227, Huntington Library, ArtCollections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. Printed:Wright. Letters of Robert Carter. . .. p. 1.

The preceding leaf or leaves of the letterbook havebeen lost. From the context, it is clear that this letter wasaddressed to RC's oldest son John, then in London studying law. Thenext letter in the letter book bears the date which has beententatively assigned to the closing portion of this letter.

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 return address, county, and colony have beenadded for clarity to this letter fragment.

This text revised November 19,2008.