Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to William Dawkins, September 19,1720

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant William Dawkins,September 19, 1720, expressing hope that the Carter has arrivedsafely, and suggesting that Dawkins send her back to the colony assoon as possible because there is a very good crop this year, "thequality of It surpasses wt. has bin this many Years." He complainsthat he has not had a letter from Dawkins since April and hopes thatthe shoes he has ordered will arrive "before the frost Setts in hardupon us." Dawkins' report of his sales of 66 hogsheads of Carter'stobacco has arrived, and Carter notes that it probably was the lastbatch Dawkins will be able to sell at such prices. He resolves tosend Dawkins "none but nice goods," and requests that Dawkins givehis blessings to his sons Robert and Charles, then studying inEngland. He concludes by reporting that Dick Lee has been very illbut is recovering.

Letter from Robert Carter to WilliamDawkins, September 19,1720

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Rappahannock, [LancasterCounty, Virginia]
Sepr. 19th. 1720
Mr. Wm. Dawkins

     By this time I hope the Carter is safe at
her Moreings & tht. You will beable to make her a Forwd.
Ship lett her come as soon as She willour Crops are so
Early She will hardly lye Idle for wantof business, whether
twill be good news in the Consequenceis to be doubted
but Truth must out & Yor. Information fromall parts will
be That we have a plentifull [sic] Crop this Year. The best allay [sic]
We have to It the quality of It surpasses wt. has bin this
many Years If neat handling will keep up our reputation
Iresolve to be very nice,

      The latest Lettr. I have from You is
of the 5th ofApl. am glad to hear of the [. . . ?] of mysales
The Accot. of them [. . . ?]

     I have heard nothing from You since the 5th. of
April hopeYou will take Some opportunity to lett mehave shoos [sic]
before the frost Setts in hard uponus,

     Yor. Account of the sales of my 6[6] hogsheads [of Tobacco has ]
come tohand, the last Crop I flatter my Self You will [be ]
Able to do as well with, The next YearI fully resolve You shall
have none but nice goods from me, Isend my blessing to
my dear boys prayGod grant this finds them in health, they
must be extraordinarygood husbands Else I shall be forct [sic]
either to remove them to a CheaperSchool or to send for them
to their own Country a Year or twoSooner than I am willing

     Dick Lee hath had aSevere spell of Sicknesswch.
hath pulld him down very much but is now upon therecruit
I remain --

Yor. very 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. 47-48.

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] The quantity of tobacco shipped to Dawkins on theCarter is given in his letter to Dawkins of1720 July 22.

[2] Carter's younger sons, Robert (1704-1732) andCharles (1706-1764), were in England for their further education.

This text revised January 28,2009.