Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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February 26, 1705
Letter from Robert Carter to Jonathan Mathews and John Goodwin, February 26, 1705

     Robert Carter advises London merchants Jonathan Mathews and John Goodwin, February 26, 1705, that he has drawn a small bill of exchange on them for goods ordered on the estate of Ralph Wormeley. In a postscript dated March 8, 1705, he writes that he is sending again the information in the first portion of the letter to make sure it reaches them.

Letter from Robert Carter to [Jonathan] Mathews and [John Goodwin], February 26, 1705

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

Febry. the 26th 1704/5

Messrs. Mathews &C.

     This Repeats an Advise of a Small Draft I had made on
you for Two pounds four Shills: on Accot. of the
young Wormeleys being for Salt and Other necessarys wch. I De
sire you Debitt their Accot. wth.

     March the 8th. 1704/5

     The above is a Coppy. I have now Little to add having
Recd. no Lettrs from you by these Bristoll Men thank God Wee
live not so much in the Dark wth. Other Men Wee deal wth.
I Conclude therefore

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, 162.

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] Carter often referred to in their youth as his "Cozns." Ralph Wormeley (ca. 1681-1714), Ralph Wormeley's (d.1701) oldest son; and John Wormeley (1689-1727) because their parents were his brother-and sister-in-law. He was one of the boys' trustees under their father's will.

This text revised June 30, 2008.