Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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April 3, 1708
Letter from Robert Carter to Richard Franklin, April 3,1708

     Robert Carter writes to Bristol merchant Richard Franklin, April3, 1708, that he sent him 2 hogsheads of tobacco in the ship the John& Susanna, and 3 more in the Mary brigantine, but had neglectedto inform him that these hogsheads belong to the estate of RalphWormeley. He gives instructions about the shipping of goods for theestate, and orders thread, hoes, rugs, and blankets for it.

Robert Carter to Richard Franklin ,April 3, 1708

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Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County,Virginia]
April 3d. 1708

Richard Franklin

     I Sent you in the John &Susanna Tho Raby M[aste] r. among other Tobos
two markt [tobacco mark] and in the Mary Brigantine Phillip Kearney
M[aste] r. 3 more of the same mark & if I remember right gave you direc=
tions abt. the Effectsof them but fearing I should have omitted it
do now tell you they belong to Esqr. WormeleyesEstate & I would have
their produce sent in in good Cotton Canvis [sic] & Carsey half a score
p[oun] d of brown thr[ea] d 3 doz broad 3 doz nar[row] howes ,twenty course rugs &
as many prs ofBlankets wch. is all I Shall add here but

Yor Humble Servt:


Source copy consulted: Christ ChurchParish, Lancaster County, Processioners' Returns, 1711-1783, and Wormeley Estate Papers, 1701-1710, 1716, Acc. 30126, Archives Research Services, Library of Virginia, Richmond, 178.

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, especiallyto merchants abroad. The county and colony have been added forclarity.

[1] Franklin (Franklyn) was a Bristol merchant.

[2] Probably the vessel appearing in the 1700 Fleetlist as of eighteen men and four guns. (Middleton. "TheChesapeake Convoy System, 1662-1763." )

[15.3] Kersey is "akind of coarse woolen cloth made chiefly in Kent and Devonshire."( 18th Century Trade Terms (Fabrics), "Of Silk, Terms OfSilk, Cotton, Linen and Wool,"[Compiled from] The BeekmanMercantile Paper 1746-1799., 5/ 4/2007 )

This text revised September 23,2008.