Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Solomon Low, July 5, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to Solomon Low, his sons' schoolmaster in England, July 5, 1723, chiding Low for not having written last year, and asking him to be sure to do so this year. He particularly wants Low's advice about Landon's future. He reminds Low that he had sent him a gift of a pig last year which was delivered, and sends another with the current ship.

Letter from Robert Carter to Solomon Low, July 5, 1723

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
July the 5th 1723
Mr -- Solom. Low

Sr -- --

     You are not so kind to let me receive a Letter
from you per the Carter last Year, It would have been
very welcome to have had an Account from you of my
Children while under your care and particularly of Landon
who still continues with you, and pray omit not giving
yourself this Trouble the next Year, and let me have
your advice candidly what you think may be the best
employment to Suit his Genious, I sent you a Virginia
Shoat last year per Captain Ben Graves he tells me you had
it, I send you another this Year per him wishing you all
happiness I Conclude Sir,

Your very humble. Servant


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1723 July 4-1724 June 11, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. There is a 19th-century copy of the letter in the Minor-Blackford Papers, James Monroe Law Office and Museum, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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

[1] Landon Carter (1710-1778) was Carter's seventh child by his second wife, Elizabeth (Landon) Willis, and was the second child to bear the name Landon, the first having died shortly after his birth in 1708. Landon would live at "Sabine Hall," Richmond County, and marry three times, leaving many descendants, some of whom own "Sabine Hall" today. As an adult, he would keep a very interesting and useful diary. (Greene. The Diary of Colonel Landon Carter. . . . )

[2] A shoat is a young pig.

[3] Benjamin Graves was the son of Captain Thomas Graves (d. ante 1720), long a captain of vessels trading to Virginia, and a special friend of Carter. Benjamin also commanded vessels in the trade, especially the Carter . ( Adm. 68/194-196, ff. 33r, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. )

This text revised September 9, 2009.