Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, December 12, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Micajah Perry, December 12, 1727, to comment on the merchant's letter about the actions of the Board of Trade concerning the Northern Neck proprietary and complain that Lord Fairfax shows little interest in defending his property. He adds comments about the Lloyd estate, and William Dawkins' ship, the Carter (in which he owns an interest), and in closing reminds Perry that he has never received any payment for his administration of the Lloyd estate since the time of the merchant's grandfather.

Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, December 12, 1727

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Mr: Micajah Perry     Rappahannock, [ Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Decembr: 12th: 1727

Sir --

     In yours of the 9th of October you are pleased
to Advise me that After a great number of Attendance on the Lords of
you have at last got the Attorney's & Solicitor Generals opinion
upon the Northern Neck Affair differing in some points from their
former Opinions, which Mr Clayton tells you proceeded from the different
Stating of the question; & that the Lords have sent in their Opinions to-
gether with their instructions to the Governor I shall only Observe that
Mr Clayton has all along been a strenuous enemy in this Affair
& I am apt to think has strongly pursued it in prevailing upon the
Lawyers to Alter their Opinions as for the state of the Case I am sure
they had it rightly before, The Grant & all the words of it relating to
the Controversy were nakedly laid before them But if the Proprietors
will sit still & suffer their rights to be determined from them with
out ever struggling in defence of them they must not lay the fault on

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me, what Determination the Lords are come to in this Affair [...]
is not yet come to my knowledge although I Expect it soon will it seems
a little strange that my Lord Fairfax who is the heir at law should not
at least have had the strength of some other lawyers in defence of
his Cause

     Your next Paragraph relates to the LL's
affair Advising me of the little likelihood there is of bringing it
to an End & desiring that this Crop may be shipped in Keiling & tells me
he told informed you I had kept back the Tobacco until he was near loaded this Story
I have taxed Keeling with wch: he disowns if he did say it he wronged me
egregiously for instead of delaying him I sent the tobacco aboard in a
Sloop of my own & instead of twelve hogsheads of that Tobacco that I put
into the Carter I put twenty of my own into him beleiving it to
be safer for the Estate to ship it in two bottoms than one

     Mr Dawkins acquaints me he is intends to send ing
the Carter to us Again with all dispatch if he makes her a lag
Ship it may be doubtful she will still continue to be an unfortunate one,
for my own part I have little reason to Desire a continuance of
my interest in her it would have been a great Deal of money saved
in my pocket had she been sold seven Years ago

      According to a former desire of yours I now send
you a Copy of your Mortgage & an Accot of the mortalities at that estate for the slaves
since the last Accot you had, you give me no intelligence yet of any Goods co=
ming for the supply of those families you will not Expect them to be sub=
sisted without Clothes & tools. I must never treat of this Affair without pu
tting you in mind of the salary that's due to me for the Care of this est=
ate I made my claim soon after it was put into my hands by your
Grandfather & I have continued that claim ever since & not many
Years ago made my Demand as to the Quantum to this you
make me no Answer surely you do not intend to leave me to Carve
for my self before this Estate goes out of my hands -- --

     I shall Expect desire in your next you will please to speak plain
to me upon this last Subject I am

              Sir     Your most humble servt

per Christian
to be copied


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.

Carter reviewed this draft and added two words in his hand as is indicated by italics.

[1] Established in 1696 as successor to a similar body, the Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations was "an advisory group, subordinate to king and Privy Council, and with no executive, financial, or penalizing powers, the Board of Trade was nevertheless able . . . to exert a far reaching and often determining influence in colonial matters. . . . It prepared the royal instructions for the governors overseas. . . ." ( Henry Hartwell, James Blair, and Edward Chilton. Hunter Dickinson Farish, ed. The Present State of Virginia, and the College. [First published, 1940, by Colonial Williamsburg, Inc., and reprinted Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1964.] pp. xvi-xvii. )

[2] See the discussion of the Northern Neck proprietary on this project's home page.

[3] Captain William Keiling commanded the Betty. ( Survey Report 6800 summarizing Adm. 68/194, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. )

[4] By "taxed" Caarter means "confronted."

[5] Carter owned shares in the Carter .

[6] James Christian was captain of the Rose, a vessel owned by merchant John Pemberton of Liverpool. (See Carter to Pemberton, April 15, 1730.)

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised July 22, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.