Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Micajah Perry, July 26, 1723, to report his efforts in assembling accounts of the estate of John Lloyd (his late niece's husband who had moved to England) which had been under his management.

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

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Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

July 26. 1723.

Mr. Micajh. Perry

Sir --

     According to my former promise I have made
Some Endeavours after the Yearly accounts of the LL Concern & now
I Send You them deduced down through Mr Meekes time, Except
the last Year, which I cannot do yet for want of the sheriff's accounts
of their Levys, Mr. Turberville has promised me to come down
& be assisting. In drawing out & Making up the Accounts for his time
but he has not found the leisure to do it Yet, In a short time
I Expect him, and then I will Endeavour to send You his
Accounts also, As for the Accounts in Colonel Tayloe's time, I believe
I shall not be able to recover, these things You may be
=lieve has cost me a great deal of puzzle & Trouble & a [ll]
to give You satisfaction. And after all will not ad [d]

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One [or] two pence to any person that is concerned I am

Your most humble. Servant

I Shall observe to You here that
this has been so plentiful a Year
both of Corn & hogs flesh that we
have not been able to sell any at all
So that I have been forced to pay all the
Contingent charges this Year, & shall
Send the Account thereof as Soon as I can finish
it, to be carried to my credit


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 merchants abroad. His usual return address, the county, and colony have been added for clarity to the brief heading on the draft.

[1] John Tayloe (1687-1747) of Mt. Airy, Richmond County, who served as justice, burgess, colonel of militia, and as a member of the Council after 1732. (Ryland. Richmond County Virginia. . . . pp. 115-16. )

This text revised November 2, 2009.