Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to William Camp, July [3-15], 1727

     Robert Carter writes to William Camp, manager of the Burwell estates in Gloucester County, July [3-15], 1727, about borrowing his tailor to cut summer clothes for Carter and his son, and about cutting poplar fencing for Rippon Hall's garden, and Carter's house in Williamsburg.

Letter from Robert Carter to William Camp, July [3-15], 1727

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[Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia]

Wm: Camp

     I believe your Tailor is pretty forward in his
Work if he can be Spared I would have him here for Eight or Ten days
and that as Soon as you can Send him at least that he comes when
Doctor Nicholas returns which will be the latter End of this week
I reckon him to be pretty good Tailor and will do well Enough to
cut out for my Son and I Some Summer Clothes Should you want
help for your people in the Fall I'll let you have one of my Tailors
as long,

     I Shall want Rails for the paling of Rippon Garden
and likewise for my Pales at Town I am apt to think you may
have old poplars that are fallen or are upon their decay and I could
very well Spare a Couple pair of Sawyers to cut them out, and
would Save me a great deal of Charge Send me word your thoughts
of this matter Likewise what is done and likely to be done at Rippon
and what Dependence I may have upon the Carpenter Hazlewood
that Pepper was to go to,


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.

The name of Carter's home, the county, and colony have been added for clarity to this unheaded draft. The date has been assigned from the place of the draft in the letter book.

[1] William Camp was described by Carter as "the General Overseer of Mr Burwell's Affairs" and he wrote that Camp earned a salary "£50 . . . for the year 1731." Carter and his son-in-law, Mann Page, were the trustees of Nathaniel Burwell's children after Burwell's death in 1721. Camp was a resident of Gloucester County where most of the Burwell estates lay. (Carter to George Braxton, 1729 November 20, and Carter to William Dawkins,1732 July 11. Virginia Tax Records. [Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, Inc., 1983.] p. 539. )

[2] Rippon Hall was Edmund Jening's estate in York County which he had acquired in 1687 from John and Unity West when it was named "Poplar Neck." Jenings's bad financial circumstances forced him to mortgage the property to Carter who eventually acquired title to it. ( "Notes and Queries." William and Mary Quarterly. 2[Apr. 1894]: 270-278. )

[3] Williamsburg

This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised April 12, 2013, to strengthen the footnotes and modern language version text.