Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, July 4 and 26, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Micajah Perry, July 4 and 26, 1723, concerning the estate of John Lloyd, his niece's husband, who had gone to England after her death. Carter, who has been looking after the estate for Lloyd, informs Perry that he will buy the property if a good title can be made. He adds that whoever is to take charge of the property the next year must order goods for the maintenance of the families (slaves). He sends a bill of lading for 33 hogsheads of tobacco from the Lloyd properties, and closes with a note that he will soon draw on Perry for the salaries of the head overseer and the doctor. In a post script dated July 26th, he reports that he has drawn for Richard Meerks' salary and soon will do so for Dr. Belfield's.

Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, July 4 and 26, 1723

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

July the 4th 1723

Mr Micaja Perry

                             To be writ


     By Keiling I wrote a pretty large letter to you upon
the LL Affair and sent you a particular Inventory of that whol [e]
Estate and told you if they were in Earnest about the Selling
off and can make a good title I should be wlling to be the
purchaser I am in such a hurry at present I can do no more
than to Refer you to that Letter, after the Carter is gone
and I have a little leisure time I shall consider that
Affair more closely

     Whosoever is concerned to take care for the
provision of that Estate the next Year it will be necessary
there be sent in for the Maintenance of the families such
another parcel of goods as came in the last the same
Sorts in every Respect will do well Enough, I herein send
you a bill of Lading for 33 hogsheads of those Crops stripped leaf
and straight laid, Seperated from all Trash and passed
on the Oaths of them that made it, in a short time

     In a short time I shall draw upon you for
the salaries due to the doctor and the Overseer and send
you an Account of the Contingent charges that have not
been paid here, I am Sir

Your most humble servant

I now draw upon you for the
Impost of this Tobbo: to Ben
Graves £3:7s:-d.

July 26. Since the Above I have drawn on You for 35£ to Richard Meeks the head
overseer his Salary and shall shortly draw for Doctor Belfields -- --


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1723 July 4-1724 June 11, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.

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. His usual return address, the county, and colony have been added for clarity to this unheaded draft.

[1] Captain William Keiling commanded the Betty. ( Survey Report 6800 summarizing Adm. 68/194, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. )

This text revised August 24, 2009.