Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, January 28, 1724

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Micajah Perry, January 28, 1724, concerning the affairs of the proprietors of the Northern Neck, sending a copy (not present) of a letter Perry cannot locate in his files, and reminding Perry of his activities and law suits to benefit the proprietors in the administration of the estate in the colony. He mentions "a great Enterprizeing Genious among us" but wishes Perry to guess who this person is, and concludes by referring Perry to a letter of July 26, 1723, that dealt with the propriewtors' affairs.

Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, January 28, 1724

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                                             per Fowler
Mr. Micajh. Perry                  Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]
Janr 28th. 1723/4

                                             Copy per [illegible] Keiling


     In yours of the 22d. of Octobe r You tell me You had mislaid
a Letter of mine to my Son about the proprietors Affair According to
Your directions the foregoing is a Copy of what related to that Matter
& You will Oblige me in a particular manner to pursue the Contents of
it with all the Expedition You can, I am not apprehensive of any
person among us, that has Strength or will have any Inclination,
to be concerned with so perplexed a business, however I think it will
be very proper to prevent any such Attempts,

     I have made beginings in several undertakings that will turn
to the Advantage of that Estate, in time, I have been at some charge

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[ ... ] [alread] y & must be at more in laying off the Brenton Grant, I
[ ... ] [went to] law with the Crown for the fines and forfietures which I
[ ... ] [ . . . ] clearly to belong to them but of this I have given You
a Account already, Now to have another to reap the Benefit of
my Struggles before I have had a Taste of the Effects, or have had the
Advantage of better times which I live in hopes of, would be hard,

     We have a great enterprizing Genious among us I Shall
leave You to guess the person how long his Affairs will Engage his Stay
here, is a Secret I believe not yet known, I cannot think of any
Other person that will turn his thoughts this way, from any thing
that is Yet bruited I have no reason to Suspect he will,

     In overhauling my Letters I find one in which You were
entertained pretty largely upon this Subject dated the 26th of July last
to which please to have recourse I am


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter letter book, 1723 June 16-1724 April 23, Robert Carter Papers (acc. no. 3807), Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. There is a nineteenth-century transcript of this letter in the Minor-Blackford Papers, James Monroe Law Office and Museum, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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, especially to merchants abroad. The county and colony have been added for clarity.

At the head of the draft letter, where the clerk has written the names of the ships on which copies of the letter were to be sent, "Keiling" was substituted for "Woodward" which was struck. The software will not allow a strike-through code at this point.

This text, originally posted in 2002, was revised January 24, 2011, to add a reference and to strengthen the modern language version text.