Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Cary, June 28, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Robert Cary, June 28, 1727, to order garden seeds which he wants carefully selected to be fresh, and sent in an early ship. His former order from Thomas Evans arrived too late to be of use.

Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Cary, June 28, 1727

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

June the. 28th. 1727

Mr. Robert Cary

Sir --

     The above is a Copy of what I wrote to you by
the way of Glasgow I had written to Mr. Evans for Some things for my
Self particularly for Some Garden Seeds that I might have them in
In Some Early Ship the last I had from him came so late they
were of little use to me I Suppose I am now to Expect nothing further

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from Mr. Evans, have therefore Sent a Copy of that Invoice for
Seeds to you herein desiring they may be carefully bought that
they are fresh and good and not old Seeds and Sent in in one of our
Early Ships I have not further trouble to give you at present only in
the favour of Conveying the Enclosed I am

Sir --
Yor: most humble Servt:

per Watkinson
Copy per Buckeridge


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.

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 to the heading on the draft.

[1] Carter had recently learned that Evans's business had failed.

[2] Watkinson was captain of the Vine, a ship that may have been owned by Micajah Perry. (Carter to Pemberton , March 25, 1724.)

[3] The Marlborough was a vessel of 100 tons and 14 men, commanded by George Buckeridge (Buckbridge). In a letter to London merchant John Falconar July 24, 1727, Carter refers to this vessel as "your Marlborrough." ( Survey report 6801 summarizing Adm. 68/195, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. )

This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised January 3, 2013, to strengthen the footnotes and modern language version text.