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. Thomas Corbin
[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

May the 26. 1704


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

     herein is also an Invoice for Some Goods Sent to me by
my Sister Churchill, The first part of it for the familys
use must be 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 met Together
did agree there Should be some Allowance given for her
Yearly Maintenance althogh 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 Colonel Jenings
to Determine I am for being as Sparing as possi
=ble by Reason We have no foundation for what we do from
the Will, What Goods you send pray let them Come in
a Good Ship bound Directly here and Consign'd to me
for the familys use.

      Per Mattocks --

      Per Ellis

I am Sir 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, 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.