Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Lewis Burwell, August 22, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to his grandson, Lewis Burwell, August 22, 1727, then at school (Eton) in England, to chastise him lovingly for his lack of attention to his studies and to express his hope that Lewis will become more diligent as his last letter stated.

Letter from Robert Carter to Lewis Burwell, August 22, 1727

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Rappa[hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Augst: the 22d: 1727

Dear Lewis --

     I rec'd your Letter wherein you desire to Continue
at School a year longer to Qualifye your Self the better for the University
(in which wee Complyd ) promising how good a Boy you wold be in following your learning Studys
I pray God grant that you may at length leave your follys and
take to your learning to better purpose then you have hitherto
done Your Father was a worthy good man and Sent you for England
on purpose to make you a Scholar and a Gentleman what a
trouble will it be to you when you come to years of discretion
to Consider what little benifit you have reaped for large Expenses
that have bin bestowd upon you I must tell you in all the Letters I
have recd from all your friends in England no one Speaks a wd
in your praise which is a very great trouble to all your relations
here. It will be a very great Comfort to them to hear better things
of you hereafter and to none more then to

Yor. Loving Grandfather --


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

[1] Lewis Burwell (1711 or 1712-1756), Carter's grandson by Elizabeth Carter Burwell and her first husband, Nathaniel Burwell (1680-1721). He was educated at Eton and Cambridge, and inherited considerable property, living at "Fairfield," Gloucester County. He would be president of the Council in 1750-1751. (Kneebone et al. , Dictionary of Virginia Biography. 2:434-5. and Carleton. A Genealogy. . . of Robert Carter. . . . p. 114. )

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised November 13, 2013.