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 William Cage, Esq., July 28, 1725

     Robert Carter writes to the trustee of the Fairfax estate, William Cage, July 28, 1725, requesting that he not call on merchant Micajah Perry for the next rent due for the Virginia agency of the proprietary until Perry has sold Carter's tobacco. Carter has asked Perry to try to purchase a Virginia estate for him, and if successful, the purchase will take most of Carter's balance in Perry's hands.

Letter from Robert Carter to William Cage, Esq., July 28, 1725

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Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]   
July 28th: 1725

Wm: Cage Esqr.


      This is a short line to beg a favor of you, I have --
engaged Mr: Perry to make a Purchase of a virginia Estate --
for me, If he Effects it a great deal of Ready money will be
required, my request is that you will not call for this Currt:
years Rent for some months after it becomes due, until Mr.
Perry is in Cash upon the Sales of my Tobacco now going
home, favors of this Nature you have not hitherto denied me
and I hope will not now who am


                                  Yor: most obedient Humble Servant


Source copy consulted: Fairfax Papers, BR 227, folder 32, Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. Printed: Wright. Letters of Robert Carter. . . . p. 122.

This is one of two identical recipient's copies signed by Carter with his large and prominent signature (indicated by the use of bold italics), and sealed with his arms. The conjoined address leaf reads: To | William Cage Esquire of Milgate | in the County of Kent to be left at Mr. Micajah | Perrys Merchant of | London Per the Carter | Frigatt. There is no endorsement on either copy. The text of the second copy varies only in that the word "Copy" appears at the foot of the page. Carter would have had his clerks prepare several copies for his signature, each of which was snet by a different ship to ensure the safe arrival in England of at least one copy.

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 persons abroad. The county and colony have been added for clarity.

This text, originally posted in 2002, was revised September 20, 2011, to add afootnote, and to strengthen the modern language version text.