Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry Senior and Junior,November 8, 1720

     Robert Carter writes to London merchants Micajah Perry Senior andJunior, November 8, 1720, sending them information about the recentsession of the Assembly from which he has just returned, noting thatthere were disagreements, but "both partys seem to incline to theGovrs. Measures as farr as will be Consistent with the Countrysability." He turns to Edmund Jenings who has made promises, andCarter states that "If he will not I'll endeavour to make him when Iam full Impowerd." He adds that there are rumors that Jenings is tobe Secretary [of the colony] but that his commission has not beenproduced. He comments bitterly "he will be a mighty fortunate man Ifnobody Else is to come in for a place of Profitt while he lives." Ina post script, he requests that the enclosed papers be forwarded to"Col Blackestone."

Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry Senior and Junior, November 8, 1720

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Rappa [hannock, LancasterCounty, Virginia]

November 81720

Micajah Perry
Senior & Junior

     I am Just got home & have ths.
opportunity to send You copies of thefirst steps
of ourAssembly. The burgesses are full ofquarrels
among themselves both parties seem to incline
tothe governor's Measures as farr [sic] as will
be Consistent with the Countrys ability how their
Jarrs [sic] will Issue must be left to time I
hope for the best --

      Colonel Jennings promises to be [ . .. ] for
If he will not I'll endeavour to make
himwhen I am full empowered , Im told
he took measures by his Son to pay off his
arrears, ofwhich I shall be glad to hear
It is saidhe is appointed Secretary Pro Tempore
his Commission hath [sic] notbin produced to us

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yet Some secret bargains are talked
of that I shall not careto mention until I
know better he will bea mighty fortunate
man If nobody Else is to come in for a place
of profit while he lives Your [sic] acquainted
with his great merit aswell as any body
butthere I leave him at present hoping some
other person may beable to come in for a Share in
the favour of the Crown as wellas he, I am

Your most humb. Servant

Please to give my
most obedient service
to Colonel Blackestone to
whomI expect you will
communicate the Enclosed
papers, which I believe
will [ . . . ] arrive to Your Shore.


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. 58-59.

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] Carter had attended meetings of the Council onNovember 2-5, but apparently had left for home on Saturday, November6, because he was not present for the meetings the following week.( H. R. McIlwaine. Legislative Journals of theCouncil of Colonial Virginia. [Richmond: Virginia StateLibrary, 1938-39]. II, 637-640.)

This text revised February 19,2009.