Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to [Micajah Perry], August 16, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Micajah Perry, August 16, 1723, concerning what he has seen in newspapers concerning an act in Parliament about annuities such as one he has, and a bill of exchange he has drawn on Perry to his son-in-law, Mann Page. In a post script he reports the damage to the crops from bad weather and a "spot." Gloucester County seems to suffer the worst.

Letter from Robert Carter to [Micajah Perry], August 16, 1723

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

Augst. 16, 1723. --

[Mr. Micajah Perry]

Sir --

     Upon a further perusal of the prints I Observe tis the 5 percent
Annuitys are comprehended In the Act of Parliament mine being one of those
that returns me but 4 percent makes me think they are not to be bought off
but You know best how these things Are, I have this day drawn upon You
for Seventy pound thirteen & three pence to Collo. Page & herein Send
You a first bill of his for forty nine pounds thirteen & six pence I am Sir

Your most humble Servt.

Our Crops are terribly mortified by the Continued Rains & runs away with a spot
And we have no Weather to get it to the house which will make
them both Short & Mean Gloster County & all the parts Collo. Page
is acquainted with Suffers most


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter letter book, 1723 June 16-1724 April 23, Robert Carter Papers (acc. no. 3807), Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

This unheaded letter is clearly intended for Perry as he and Carter had corresponded about the annunity often. See his letter to Perry a few days after this one, for instance.

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. It, the county, and colony have been added for clarity to this unheaded draft.

This text revised December 10, 2009.