Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Grymes, May 13, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to John Grymes, May 13, 1727, to invite him and his family to attend the celebrations of the birth night of the king in Williamsburg, and asking Grymes to take charge as Carter will not be able to attend because of his poor health.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Grymes, May 13, 1727

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[Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia]

May the 13th: 1727

John Grimes Esqr.

Honble. Sir --

     It seems now very probable our Govr: will
not Arrive before the Kings birthday my daily Indispositions
are so great that I cannot possibly attend at the Seat of the
in such a fateigue . However I Resolve to have
the birth night kept with as much show as the late Govr: did
and I Send this on purpose to Invite you and yor: family
[t] o it, I believe you have always Cash lying in town &
[did?] tell Mr. Robertson you will answer the Charge on my
Accot: I shall be glad to hear your Affairs will let you
be there having a good Talent in assisting in Such
Ceremonys I am

Yor: most humble Servt.


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. There is a 19th-century transcript of the letter in the Minor-Blackford Papers, James Monroe Law Office and Museum, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

"Corotoman," the name of Carter's home,the county, and colony have been added for clarity to this unheaded draft.

[1] William Gooch, lieutenant governor of the colony under the govenor, George Hamilton, Earl of Orkney, would reach Williamsburg in September 1727. ( Emily J. Salmon and Edward D. C. Campbell, Jr. The Hornbook of Virginia History. Richmond: The Library of Virginia, 1994. p. 106. )

[2] Williamsburg