Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

   A Collection Transcribed
        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Carter, May 27, 1721

     Robert Carter writes to his son, John Carter, May 27, 1721, then in London, to chastise him for his failure to write to his relatives in Virginia, and refusing to allow him to extend his stay in England because "my purse wont bear It." He will respond to other parts of John's letter later.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Carter, May 27, 1721

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Rappa[hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

May the. 27th. 1721

Dear Son John -- --

      Tis not long since I writ to You, since I have
Yors. by Richardson, I hope youl apply Yor.self to persue the Several
businesses I have put You upon, and mind less the pleasures of
the Town, You want a longer Stay in England but that I must not
agree to, my purse wont bear It, Therefore prepare Yor.self
accordingly, You are so taken up with Yor. Diversions you cannot
find time to write to Yor. Sisters nor to any of Yor. relations,
Yor. Uncle [Henry] Armistead never had a Line from You, You must
expect they will Treat You with the same sauce, The other parts of
Yor. Lettr. are not very pleasing I Shall take a time to answer
them at my Leizure, This only a Short line to advise of my
welfare and to Send my blessing to my Children which shall be
all at present from --


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1720 July-1721 July, BR 227, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. Printed: Wright. Letters of Robert Carter. . . . p. 99.

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, especially to persons abroad. The county and colony have been added for clarity.

[1] Carter refers to John's younger brothers who were also then in England at school.

This text revised March 30, 2009.