Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Carter, July 23, 1720

     Robert Carter writes to his son John, then in London, July 23,1720, to make peace with him over John's excessive spending, notingthat he will pay the expenses of John's call to the bar, that he hasordered Mr. Perry to pay the tailor's bill, and hoping that John willmake the best use of his time to study before returning to Virginia.He also chides John about paying more attention to his youngerbrothers, also in England at school.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Carter, July 23, 1720

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Rappahannock, [LancasterCounty, Virginia]
July 23d. 1720

Dear Son John -- --

     I have lately received Yor. Lettrs. in Mr. Perrys
Packett of April Date In wch. You make merepeated
promises to retrench Yor. Expenses to reduce them to
the bounds I have sett You That is to takeno more
from Mr. Perry Than £37"10S per Quarter Except

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The Charge of calling You to the barr, Youlikewise pro=
mise mea Strict Improvt. of Yor. time that You have
to spend in England by a Close applycation [sic] to Yor. Study,
May Heavenkeep You Fix'd to this resolution wth.out
Wavering. It will prove a Cordialat Yor. Heart all
The Days of Yor. Life upon these hopes I Shallpass
over wts. past, according to Yor. desire andhave orderd Mr. Perry to pay Yor.
Taylors bill of Fifty oddpound, Yor. relations here
are in health, all that are capable Ibelieve write
to You themselves, pray to take a little more care
of Yor. Brors. in England, The rest is to begg Gods
blessing upon Youand to Subscribe


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. . .. p. 37

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] John Carter's younger brothers, Robert (1704-1732), Charles (1707-1764), and Landon (1710-1778), were then inEngland for their education. (Greene. TheDiary of Colonel Landon Carter. . . . , p. 3. )

This text revised January 16,2009.