Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Carter, January 17,1721

     Robert Carter writes to his son John, January 17, 1721,briefly reporting family news, and then turns to the newly-acquiredlease of the Northern Neck proprietary which he has just receivedfrom Micajah Perry in London. He informs John that he needs to havethe kind of power to make grants of land in the proprietary that hehad previously had from Lady Fairfax; he has sent a copy of thatpower to Perry, and directs John to have it signed before witnesseswho are coming to the colony.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Carter, January 17,1721

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Rappahannock, [LancasterCounty, Virginia]
Jan 17th.1720/21

Dear Son John

     I writ to You plentifully in Novr. & sent You
Duplicates. Yor. Relations are all well at this time forwhat
I know pray God this may find You & Yor. brors. in the Same
s [ta] te Yor. Sister Page hath a Son born.

      I find in the lease Mr. Perry Sent me forthe Northern Neck [Proprietary]
You are one of the Witnessesindeed I desired him to make You
privy to that affair. I am affraid upon this fall of Tobo. It
will prove a verydisadvantagious bargain to me, I was always
Inform'd Collo. Jennings gave buttwo hundred & fifty pounds
per Annum for It there is norepenting I am now bound and
must do the best I can with It, onegreat perquisite to the
Estate arises from the Granting away thelands that are
Yett to take up I doubtnot the Lord Fairfax & Collo.Cage
for their own Interst as well as mine design'd me this Power
by their Lease & I shall proceed accordingly however I
would have a fuller power from them [I] have writ to
Mr. Perryabt. It & have sent him a Coppy [sic] of the power I
received frommy Lady Fairfax to Draw another by, (rebus
I would have You be very carefull of this
affair & to have It executed before a Suff[icien] t Number of
Witnesses bound to thisplace, when I am to Expect Yor. Company [?]
Dont Yett knowif notthis Shipping to be sure the next It must
be, wth. my prayrs. for God's blessing upon You and Yor. brors.

I Conclude at present


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. . .. pp. 63-64.

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 persons abroad. The county and colony have been added forclarity.

[1] For the Northern Neck proprietary, Lord Fairfax,etc., see "Robert Carter and the Northern Neck Proprietary" found onthe the home screen of this web site.

[2] A Latin phrase meaning so long as condtions havenot substantially changed.

This text revised March 17,2009.