Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Corbin, May 26, 1704

     Robert Carter write to London merchant Thomas Corbin that he is sending 10 hogsheads of tobacco with two different marks; some are to be credited to the account of John Wormeley and the remainder to RC's sister-in-law, Elizabeth (Wormeley) Churchill, widow of Ralph Wormeley. He encloses an order for goods, some of which are for the use of Judith Wormeley, unmentioned in her father's will, but whom Wormeley's trustees feel must be supported. He leaves it to Corbin and Edmund Jenings, another trustee, to decide how much should be spent.

Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Corbin, May 26, 1704

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Mr. Tho: Corbin
[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

May the 26. 1704


     This Serves to Cover a Bill of Lading for Tenn hogsheads of
Tobo. Consign'd you in the Richard and Wm. Thomas Mattocks
Master, They are of Two Marks and you must keep your
Accots. Distinct, The two Markt +JW. my Sister Churchill
would have go upon her Son Johnys Accot. as the Cropp
of a Negro Woman he hath wch. was given him by his Grandfathr.

     herein is allso an Invoice for Some Goods Sent to me by
my Sister Churchill, The first part of it for the familys
use must me had, I think ther's nothing Extraordnary in
That, the Later part is for the Furniture of Judith Worme
=ley, The Overseer's all of them when they mett Together
did agree there Should be some Allowance given for her
Yearly Maintenance altho no Mention is made thereof in her
Fathers Will, but Whether what is here sent for be not
more than is Necessary I Leave to you and Collonell Jenings
to Determine I am for being as Sparing as possi
=ble by Reason Wee have no foundation for what wee do from
the Will, What Goods you send pray lett them Come in
a Good Shipp bound Directly here and Consign'd to me
for the familys use.

     Per Mattocks --

     Per Ellis

I am Sr. Yor. humble servt.


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, 160.

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.

[1] RC refers to Elizabeth (Wormeley) Churchill, widow of Ralph Wormeley as his sister-in-law as he had married her sister. Elizabeth married William Churchill of Middlesex County after Wormeley's death.

[2] John Wormeley (1689-1727), a younger son of Ralph Wormeley (d. 1701) for whom Carter had been a trustee in John's youth. When his older brother, Ralph died in 1714, John inherited all of their father's considerable estate in Middlesex and York counties. He married Elizabeth ? and had six children. (See "Letters Concerning The Estate Of Ralph Wormeley" in the opening page of this web site. )

This text revised June 30, 2008.