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, June 2, 1721

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Thomas Evans, June 2, 1721, that all the London ships in the colony have lowered their freight rates to £8 but one which Carter does not believe will find a cargo. He notes the poor crop due to the worms that are wiping out their young tobacco plants.

Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Evans, June 2, 1721

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

June 2d. 1721

Mr. Thos. Evans

Sir --

     I gave you the trouble of some Lines a few days ago .
This only Intended as a Short hint to advise that our London Ships
have all Sunk their freight to £8 Except one, and he may lie until
he's blind I believe before he gets full. The General Cry at this
Day is few or none of the Ships will get Loaded, we have as
Yett a very poor Appearance of making a Crop this Year, The Ground
worm pays our plants off in our beds and all that we plant

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cuts off in a Day or two, this is the General cry report as far as my
Intelligence reaches, a month or Six weeks hence will Inform
us better how we are like to Succeed but I Shall not add further
at this time but am

Your humble Servant


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. 101.

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 merchants abroad. The county and colony have been added for clarity.

This text revised April16, 2009.