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 Holloway], August 25,1720

     Robert Carter writes to his attorney and friend, John Holloway,August 25, 1720, concerning the lawsuit between his sister-in-law,Mary (Landon) Jones Swan, and her husband, noting that she "lyes atthe Mercy of her Mortal Enemy" who wishes to leave her a meagreliving, and is boasting that he will appeal the case to England if heshould not win his appeal to the General Court in Virginia. Carteralso thanks Holloway for his letter informing Carter that themortgage between Carter and Edmund Jenings had been executed.

Letter from Robert Carter to [JohnHolloway ], August 25,1720

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Corotoman, [Lancaster County,Virginia]

Aug 25th. 1720.

Sir -- --

     I have writ a Joint Lettr. to Yor.self & Mr. Atturney
relateing [sic] to my poor Distresd Sister Swans Case who now lyes
at theMercy of her Mortal Enemy to turn her out of her being
when hepleases upon his allowing her a poor mean maintenance
God knows for a Gentlewoman and Yett this wont Sattisfye
him, he vants & boasts If he cant sett aside the Decreeat the
GeneralCourt he'l Carry It for England but there Ill leave him

     Yor. last Lettr. wch. tells me Youhad taken
care of the Execution of the Mortgage between Collo J [ennin] gs & I [sic]
came to my hands for the wch. I return You myThanks & am in all respects -- --

Yor. Sinceer & Afft. humble Servt.


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. 44-45.

The county and colony have been added for clarity to RC's homeaddress of "Corotman."

[1] To vaunt is to boast or brag.( Oxford EnglishDictionary )

This text revised January 27,2009.