Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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July 24, 1703
Letter from Robert Carter to Jonathan Mathews and John Goodwin, July 24, 1703

     Robert Carter writes London merchants Jonathan Mathews and John Goodwin that he is shiping 12 hogsheads of poor tobacco belonging to the estate of RalphWormeley, and adds that "tis a never failing Rule when Cropps are short, Tobaccoe's never good."

Letter from Robert Carter to Jonathan Mathews and John Goodwin , July 24, 1703

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Rappa[hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

July 24, 1703

     This is to Cover a Bill of Lading for 12 hogsheads of Tobacco
belonging to the Estate of Esquire . Wormeley shipped on
Board the Edgar Joseph Williamson Master I will
not Comend it nor Indeed any Tobacco I have seen this
year it is a never failing Rule when Crops are
short, Tobacco's never good, the same weather
makes the Quantity makes the Quality I shall say
no more at present but am Gentlemen

Your humble Servant


Source copy consulted: Christ Church Parish, Lancaster County, Processioners' Returns, 1711-1783,and Wormeley Estate Papers, 1701-1710, 1716, Acc. 30126, Archives Research Services, Library of Virginia, Richmond, 156.

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.

This text revised June 11, 2008.