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 [John Clayton,] December 12, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to the colony's attorney general [John Clayton,] December 12, 1727, to welcome him and his son home from England, and to remind him of a law suit against Colonel Allerton's heir in which Clayton is acting for Carter.

Letter from Robert Carter to [John Clayton,] December 12, 1727

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Mr. Attorney     [Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Decr. the 12th: 1727

Sir --

     having been so long your Tenant and having
now an Opportunity to Town could not omit paying you the
Compliment of welcome to Virginia and your Son that came
with you with wishes that you may have met with the Satisfact
ion of finding all things well here,

     here is a Ship bound out in two or three days for
Liverpool if you have a desire to write to London . I can undertake the
Safety of your Letters the dangers of the Sea's Excepted I am with a great
deal of Sincerity

                  Yor: most humble Servt:

I have a law Suit depending against
the heir of Colonel Allerton which I think
you are already Concerned for me in


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, "Corotoman," the county, and colony have been added for clarity to this unheaded draft

[1] Carter apparently had rented Clayton's Williamsburg house while the attorney general was in England.

[2] Williamsburg.

[3] Willoughby Allerton (1664-1724) was a prominent citizen of Westmoreland County where he was burgess, sheriff, and militia officer. ( Allerton Genealogical Data at, 4/16/04; and McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 3[1705-1721]: 92,146,381,420. )

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised June 9, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.