Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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January 11, 1706
Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Corbin, January 11, 1706

Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Corbin , January 11, 1706

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Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
January 11th: 1705 [06]
Mr. Tho: Corbin


     Yors of the 2d of August I received I pass over tht part of it relating to C[olonel] N[icholso]n
You have now the Gent: wth you & if it be yor Fortune to have as full a
knowledge of the man as I have had I dare say you will be none of his admirers
nor account him one of the the friends of your Native Country I recd yor pipe
of Wine as I've already advised you we have the news of the Safe arrival of the
Corbin doubt not you will put her under the Guidance of a better Steersman
& then she may meet wth as good Success as her Neighbours I'me apt to think
you'l Strive to get her away wth the next Fleet Freight Seems to be plenty
enough here & she may make a good Voyage, The Young Wormelyes are
already Sent for, The Cheif Occasion of this is to advise you tht We have
lately drawn on you for £79 paya to Bro: Churchill being in
[co] nsideration for Negroes bot of him for the use of the Young Wormelyes
[I] know the Bills will not be Sent away till next fleet however think it
[no] t amiss to Early in Advice I've discoursed mr Walker abt some Freight
[on the] Nynion & he hath promised to let it be taken in I shall not trouble
[you] further Only tht I am

Your most humble Servt
& Countryman


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, 168. Extract printed William and Mary Quarterly , 1st ser. 17(1909): 259-60.

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.

[2] Mr. Walker may have been the supercargo, or owner's representative, on the ship.

[3] This ship probably is a 75-ton, English-built ship named the Nynion & Benjamin commanded by Nenyon Masters. (Naval officer's return for Rappahannock River, 1705 June 24-Sept. 29, CO5/1441, ff. 458. )

This text revised July 16, 2008.