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 Charles Carter, July 5, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to his son Charles Carter, who was then in England at school, July 5, 1723, giving him the choice of returning to the colony with his brother Robert if Robert has not already sailed or remaining another year. Mr. Dawkins has instructions to abide by Charles's decision.

Letter from Robert Carter to Charles Carter, July 5, 1723

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
July the 5th: 1723

My Dear Son Charles --

     I reced your Lettrs. by the Carter you tell me
some fine Stories of yourself that you shall make a brave
fellow by that time the time is out I have allotted you to
Stay in England, I Expect this will find you at the -- --
Mathematick School where your Brother Robin has
been before you whom I orderd Mr. Dawkins to send
in last Year, I am now in Expectation of him every
Day, In the first good Ship to be sure he will come
away, but if any thing should happen that he shou[l] d
not get out before [the] Carter comes out away again and th[en]
-- if it be your Inclination to come along with him

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I shall be glad to see you, but if you have a desire
to Stay till the next Spring and it will be to your advan
tage, I shall be contented to let you stay till then and
so I have given Directions to Mr. Dawkins, pray God
send you a good Voaige and grant us a happy
meeting I shall continue to pray for your well fare-


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] Charles Carter (1707-1764), Robert Carter's tenth child with his second wife, Elizabeth (Landon) Willis Carter. He would live at "Cleve," King George County, and inherit a number of properties in that area from his father.

[2] Robert Carter (1704-1732) was Carter's seventh child by hissecond wife, Elizabeth Landon (Willis) Carter. Robert was sent to England to school in 1718; see Carter's letter to William Dawkins, July 9, 1718. Robert married Priscilla Churchill in 1725 and had two children, one of whom, Robert Carter III, would be known as "Councillor" Carter of "Nomini Hall." Robert Carter II died a few months before his father.