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by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.
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Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Evans, May 18, 1727
Robert Carter writes to Thomas Evans, May 18, 1727, to send a copy of an earlier letter (not present) addressed to the London merchant, and enclosing an order (not present) for garden seeds which he wants sent by the earliest ship possible. He notes he is sending more tobacco to Evans; the new lot will come on the Carter.
Letter from Robert Carter to Thomas Evans,
May 18, 1727
Rappa[hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]
May 18: 1727
Mr. Thos. Evans
The above is a Copy which I desire you will
Comply with in the fall by one of our first Ships The Enclosed is for
Some Gardens Seeds to be Sent away Early The Seeds you Sent this
Year were of very little use to me they came so late. Your Quota
of Tobbo: besides what you already have will come by the Carter
your prosperity and am
Yor: very humble Servt:-
Copy per Hopkins
Source copy consulted:
Robert Carter letter book, 1727 May-1728 July, Robert Carter Papers (acc. no. 3807), Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of 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. The county and colony have been added for clarity.
The several words in italics were additions Carter made to the clerk's draft. It is interesting that he should be ordering from Evans as he knew that Evans' business had failed; he commented on it in a letter to William Dawkins
(May 13, 1727) that he had written a few days earlier.
 Thomas Woodward commanded the Providence,
a ship owned by Captain John Hyde & Company, during a number of voyages to the colony, 1723-1729. ( Survey Report 6800 summarizing Adm. 68/194 and Survey Report 6801 summarizing Adm 68/195, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia,
and Carter's letter to the firm, September 17, 1723.
 Captain James Hopkins commanded the Mary
in 1727-1728. He was then working for London merchant Robert Cary. He is mentioned in Carter's diary. ( Adm. 68/194, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised July 3, 2012, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.