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 John Goodwin, August 20, 1706

     Robert Carter advises London merchant John Goodwin, August 20, 1706, of a previous letter concerning the affairs of the estate of Ralph Wormeley, and that he has received an account of sales and an account current. He reports that the estate trustees have drawn bills of exchange on the estate's accounts for overseer Jeptha Edmunds' wages, and for William Churchill's construction of a mill. He adds that a balance due the estate will be paid to Goodwin, and that he encloses an invoice for goods for the estate which has instructions both for the purchase and shipping.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Goodwin, August 20, 1706

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Rappa[hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
Augt. 20th: 1706
Mr. John Goodwin

     I have already writt to you concerning the Estate of
the young Wormelys, yor Accot. of Sales of the 20 hhds
per [John] Burford likewise an Account Current came to hand of
wch I think I have not advised you before We have lately
drawn on you for 40 Shillings paya [ble] to Jeptha
Edmunds being part of his wages as an overseer to
one of their plantations, also for 26:13:4 payable to
Collo. Churchill being 2/3 of the charge for building a mill of
theirs both wch. Bills must desire you to pay accor=
=ding to time & place to the Accot. of the Estate I have
not else to add here but that I am

Your humble Servt:

[There] will
[be a ba ]la [nce] due
to the Wormelys Estate wch I have desired
[at a conv ]enient time to pay into yor hands
[Here ]in inclosed an Invoice for some Goods for the use of Esqr. Wormelys Estate
[which desire ] you both in buying & shipping to follow the Directions therein given


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.

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 July 22, 2008.