Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

   A Collection Transcribed
        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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December 10, 1717
Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah and Richard Perry, 1717December 10

     Robert Carter writes to London merchants Micajah and RichardPerry, 1717 December 10, 1717, noting that he will write more ofVirginia politics in his next as there is to be an Assembly beginningMarch 4th, and that he had fallen from a horse, badly displacing someof the bones in his arm, which will keep him at home during thewinter. He asks them to convey his "blessing" to his son John fromwhom he has not heard since John recovered from small pox; he hopesJohn "will learn his duty" to communicate more often.

Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah andRichard Perry,
December 10, 1717

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[Rappahannock, LancasterCounty, Virginia]
December 10th 1717.
To Micajah & Richard Perry

     Our news here is not extraordin
=ary. Some politicks thereare on the
anvil, which my nextwill more
particularly touch upon. We are
to have anassembly the fourth of
March. Godsend us fair weather.

     By a fall from a horse I had
the misfortune to sprain mywrist
and am indoubt some of the bones
are displaced, which I fear will
keep me a house=bird all this

     Pray my blessing to my son. I
have not had a srip from him
sincehis recovery out of the Small Pox.
I hope he will learn his duty in
paying more frequent respects toa father
who has been so abundantly kind to
him --

Gent: your most &c


Source copy consulted: Minor-Blackford Papers, James Monroe Law Office and Museum, Fredericksburg,Virginia. These texts are all nineteenth-century copies. Apparentlythere was in existence a letter book of Robert Carter's -- nowlost -- from which the unknown copiest recorded these texts. Asthey are the only texts, the punctuation and "corrections"obviously supplied by the copiest have been retained.

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 return address, county, and colony have beenadded for clarity to this unheaded letter.

[1] Richard Perry (d. 1720) was a partner with hisfather, Micajah, in the great London mercantilefirm of Perry and Lane. (Price. Perry ofLondon. . . . )

[2] The copyist has clearly written "srip" but thisword does not appear in the Oxford English Dictionary. Presumably he miscopied from the letter book, possibly for "snip." Carter's complaint of not having received a letter from John isclear.

This text revised September 30,2008.