Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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May 11, 1706
Letter from Robert Carter to John Goodwin, May 11, 1706

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant John Goodwin, May 11, 1706, referring to an earlier letter in which he had notified Goodwin of a bill of exchange drawn on him on the account of the estate of Ralph Wormeley, and now alerts him to another bill given to a ship's caoptain, and that he sends a bill of lading for tobacco belonging to the estate on board the Mansfield.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Goodwin , May 11, 1706

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
[May 11, 1706]
Mr. John Good[win]


     My last to you relating to the Estate of Esq [r Wormeley told]
you that I had drawn on you for Seventy nine pounds [to Mr.]
Churchill Esquire being [ . . . ] for Negroes I bought of him for [the use of the]
Estate I've Since drawn on you for Two pounds Twe [lve shillings]
to Captain Burford for Impost & cocket money I desire [you to make]
payment of these Sums & charge the sd Estate --

     herewth Send you a Bill of Lading for 20 hogsheads [of tobacco per the]
Mansfield in the dispose whereof I desire you [to use great]
care for the Advantage of the Orphans

I remain
Sr Yor h[umble 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, 169. This undated letter was copied into the letter book with others of this date.

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] The impost was the duty imposed by Britain on imported tobacco, and the cocket (for which a fee was charged) was the certified document issued that the impost had been paid.

[2] 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 July 21, 2008.