Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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August 20, 1706
Letter from Robert Carter to Arthur Bailey, August 20, 1706

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Arthur Bailey, August 20, 1706, to advise him of a bill of exchange that he and Gawin Corbin as trustees have drawn on the account of the estate of Ralph Wormeley for plank Carter furnished to William Churchill for a mill on Wormeley lands, and that he had drawn a bill payable to Henry Fox for quit rents on Wormeley lands in King William County. He instructs Bailey to pay any balance left in the Wormeley account to another merchant, John Goodwin.

Letter from Robert Carter to Arthur Bailey , August 20, 1706

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Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

August: 20th: 1706

[Arthur] Bailey Esquire


     I have little to say to you concerning the young Wormelys
affair in yor hands Colonel Corbin & my Self have drawn
on you paya ble] . to me for the sum of £14:6:1 being
due for plank I furnished Colonel Churchill wth for the
new building a mill of theirs & Smiths work for their use

     Sometime ago I likewise drew on you for £5 paya. to
Henry Fox being for Quit Rents for some lands belonging
to the Wormelys in King William County wch must be paid
according to time.

     After you have paid these Sums I shall desire you will pay
the Ballance due from you to that Estate into the hands of
Mr John Goodwin as per the direction of 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, 174-75.

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] Henry Fox (d. 1714), a justice and burgess of St. John's Parish, King William County. ("Fox Family of King William County, Va." )

[3] Quit rent was the term used for the payment due from the holder of land to the "lord of the manor," in this case, to the proprietors of the Northern Neck. Carter as the proprietor's agent, collected these payments. No services were required of the landholder as had been true in mediaeval times.

This text revised July 21, 2008.