Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to James Arbuckle, July 18,1720

     Robert Carter writes to merchant James Arbuckle, probably locatedin Liverpool, July 18, 1720, concerning wine that he has receivedwhich he considers "tollerable considering twas the Lowest price" butcondemning the brandy which was terrible. He suggests to Arbucklethat his supplier switched brandy after Arbuckle tasted it. He addsthat he no longer drinks claret because he believes it contributes togout, and requests that Arbuckle send him good white wine, notingthat it does not keep well in the colony.

Letter from Robert Carter to JamesArbuckle, July 18, 1720

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Rappahannock, [LancasterCounty, Virginia]

July 18th: 1720

Mr. James Arbuckle

Sir --

     I received Yors. by Captain Galewith the wine and brandy
ordered me by Mr. Perry of London, The wine was tolerable consid=
=ering twas the Lowest price but The brandy Stark naught. such I never mett [sic]
with before that bore the name of French brandy. The person You bought It
of Certainly changed It or mixed it after You had tasted It Ihave ord=
=er'd Mr. Perry not to Direct for any more Clarret for me having quite
left off drinking That wine, out of the belie f I have It is a great
Propagatorto the Gout, You seem to be of another opinion, &
resolve toDrink on. may we both have the Good luck to hitt [sic]
Each his particular Constitution. I Drinkwhite wine when I can meet
with any that is good and Fresh, butIt does not bearAge well at all with us
It turns brown and looses the brisknessof Its Taste, If You have the
opportunity of sending me ahogshead or two of righ [t] good white wine
I should be very willing to have It by some of the Glasgow men
who touch at Your Port. Mr. Pemberton willpay You for It which is the
needfull at present from --

Your very humble servant


Source copy consulted: Robert CarterLetter Book, 1720 July-1721 July, BR 227, Huntington Library, ArtCollections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. Printed:Wright. Letters of Robert Carter. . .. pp. 30-31.

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] James Arbuckle may have been a Liverpoolmerchant.

This text revised December 15,2008.