Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Francis Lee, August 20, 1706

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Francis Lee, August 20, 1706, that it seems that the tobacco shipped on board James Morgan's ship should fetch a good price since "this long Stay of the Convoy hath very much raised the price of Tobacco " He adds that the sons of Ralph Wormeley are expected with the next fleet and that their mother has engaged passage on Thomas Graves's ship. He reports bills of exchange drawn on Lee for impost on tobacco belonging to the Wormeley estate shipped on Benjamin Silvester's and Thomas Graves's ships.

Letter from Robert Carter to Francis Lee, August 20, 1706

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Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

Augt. 20th. 1706

Mr Fra: Lee

     I have already written to you by the Fleet & Consigned you
Some Tobacco belonging to the Estate I am now upon
yours of the 29th of November I shall take no further no=
=tice of the Contents than what relates to the Tobacco on
board [James] Morgan I hope his missing his port was an
advantage to it all agree this long Stay of the Convoy
has very much raised the price of Tobacco

     We expect the young Wormelys will be Sent
by the next fleet I think their Mother has [engaged]
Graves for the bringing them in I desire it [may be so. He]
promises to be the fittest man for such a [task. I]
take leave & remain

your most humble [Servt]

I have drawn on you for £1:9S:0d to
Captain Ben: Silvester & for £3:12
to Captain Thomas Graves being for the
Impost of Tobacco belonging to the Wormelys
Estate, must desire you therefore to pay
them according to time.


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, 173.

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] Thomas Graves commanded the America , which was, according to the "1700 Convoy List," a London vessel of eighteen men and eighteen guns. A naval officer's return shows that she had been built at Ipswich in 1691, was 250 tons in size, and was owned by Sir Richard Levett, Robert Bristow, Esq., Arthur Bailey, John Cary, Micajah Perry, Thomas Lane, Anthony [. . .] Hope for Bendall and Mary Johnson. (Middleton, "The Chesapeake Convoy System, 1662-1763." and Naval Officer's Return, 1700 February 19-June 24. )

[3] The impost was the duty imposed by Britain on imported tobacco.

This text revised July 22, 2008.