Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

   A Collection Transcribed
        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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July 26, 1718
Letter from Robert Carter to the Clerk of Lancaster CountyCourt, 1718 July 26

     Robert Carter writes to the Clerk of Lancaster County Court, July26, 1718, requesting he issue a license for the marriage of Carter'sdaughter Judith to Mann Page for which Carter gives his approval.

Letter from Robert Carter to the Clerk of
LancasterCounty Court, July 26, 1718

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[Rappahannock, LancasterCounty, Virginia]
26th. July 1718


     This is to Desire You to make out a Marriage License
for theNuptials of Man Page Esquire with mydaughter
Judith Carter to wch I give my full Consent & I Suppose
You want not more toEnable You to Perform Your Duty
with Safety, & then Youare to deliver it to Mr.Thomas
for --

Your Servant



Source copy consulted: LancasterCounty Marriage Bonds, 1718, I, 12, Archives Research Services,Library of Virginia, Richmond. This is the recipient's copy and isentirely in the hand of and is signed by RC as is noted by the useof italics. William Dare was clerkof Lancaster County at this time. The single sheet has lost a portionwhich has removed much of the address on the reverse but it probablyread: "[William Da]re | [Lan]castr" since the last letters remain. Cloth tape obscures portions of the contemporary docket. What can beread shows: "July 28th 1718 | [del]ivered to T C." A docket in alater hand reads, "Man Page | to | Judith Carter" and scrawled belowthis in another hand is "1718." (Dobyns et al. Within the Court House atLancaster. p. 15. )

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. The returnaddress, county, and colony have beenadded for clarity to this unheaded letter.

[1] RC's daughter Judith (1695-c. 1750) married MannPage of "Rosewell," Gloucester County.

[2] Thomas Carter (1672-1733) was the second of thatname in Lancaster County, and may have been RC's first cousin asthere is evidence that their fathers were brothers. He lived at"Barford" in the northern part of the county. ( CatherineAdams Jones. The Early Thomas Carters of Lancaster County,Virginia . Lancaster, Virginia: Mary Ball Washington Museum & Library, 1982. )

This text revised October 10,2008.