Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

   A Collection Transcribed
        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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February 6, 1707
Letter from Robert Carter to Francis Lee, February 6, 1707

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Francis Lee, February 6, 1707, that he is glad to hear that Ralph and John Wormeley are well and that they are expected with the next fleet. They should be taking on responsiblity for their own affairs, and William Churchill, now their [step-]father has taken over almost all of the Wormeley estates.

Letter from Robert Carter to Francis Lee , February 6, 1707

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Rappa[hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
Feb: 6th: 1706 [07]
Mr. Francis Lee

     Yours of the first of Ocbr. I recd. Am Glad to hear of the Young Worme:
healths whose Coming in wth. the next Fleet is in all Our Expec:
:tations & indeed its high time they were here to look into their own
Concerns Collo. Churchil as he is become their Father is likewise the
Cheif Govr. of their Estate & to whom in the Main they must apply for
an Accot. thereof I have done thm. the best Service I could at the distance
I live but am of late become very much a Stranger to their Affairs
and So I believe is every body else Concerned I shall not further
inlarge at present but to desire you to give my Service to the
Young Gentn. & to Except the Same your Self from --

Sr. Your most Affectionate Countryman
and humble 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, 176.

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 31, 2008.