Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Evans, September19,1720

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Thomas Evans,September19, 1720, that he has received Evans' April letter and ispleased with the tobacco sales reported in it. He adds that thisyear's crop is plentiful and the best of it "superlatively good." Heasks Evans to buy him a winter suit of broadcloth "of a suitableColr." with two pairs of stockings of the same color; "Mr. How hathmy Measure fitts me very well." He closes by reporting that he hasnot received the goods Evans sent to York River for him but expectsthem shortly.

Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Evans, September19, 1720

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Rappahannock, [LancasterCounty, Virginia]

September 19.1720.

Mr. Thomas Evans

     I have now Yors. of the 15th & 28th of April am pleas'd to
find my Tobacco was all gone at11 pence maythe last Years Crop come
to as good a Market, It is a livingprice & truly to have less
will make but poor doings with us. This Year the vogue is
we have Genly. a plentiful harvest the best of It
will be, It will besuperlatively good, God willing

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I resolve to be wonderfully nice in the handling
of mine.

     I hope the Carter is with You beforethis
[. . .] I omitted Sending to You for any wearing
Cloths, [sic] butnow find I shall want a winter Suit
before the return of thenext Shipping Therefore If
this gets [. . .] brought to you please to send
me woolSuit of broad cloth [. . .] ,
of a suitable color to cost between 8 & 10 pounds
a pair of fine worsted & a pair Milld. Stockings
of the same Colour, Mr. How has my Measure
fits me very well

     I have not yet got the Goods
You sentme into York river but hope I shall
ina little time which Shall be all at present from

Your 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. . .. p. 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.

At the beginning of the second page of the draft of thisletter (folio 19r), the letter book paper is of a different type,much more absorbent, causing thicker lines and much bleed through. In addition, the outer edge of each page has damp stains that affectthe background color. However, some of the letters entered on thisabsorbant paper were written with an ink that was not as easilyabsorbed; while it has faded a good deal, it is often easier to read.

This text revised January 28,2009.