Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Randolph, July 8, 1728

     Robert Carter writes to John Randolph, July 8, 1728, to have the letter waiting when Randolph reaches England to work as the colony's agent to obtain revocation of the prohibition against the importation of stemmed tobacco, and he informs Randolph of the letters he has written to British merchants about the effort. He mentions a letter from Samuel Hallows concerning land in the colony.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Randolph, July 8, 1728

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Coroto [man, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
July the 8th: 1728 --

John Randolph Esqr.

Sir --

     This Complies with my promise of Salut =
ing you in London, with Sincere wishes that it may meet
you in good health, and to acquaint you that I have been very
liberal in writing to all the Merchants I correspond with about our
grand Affair under your Negotiations To Mr. Perry I have Partic=
ularly recommended both you and it, and to all the other Merchants
that I have any Interest in And I have not Confined my Self
to London I have written to Liverpool to Weymouth and to Glasgow
I cannot pretend abundance of Interest any where however I shall have
the Satisfaction of having thrown in my Mite. the greatest [t] hope is
that the Merchants will be of Opinion that it is their own Interest to
promote this design and that will be a Stronger Spur to them than
any thing can be said from hence,

     I think I Showd you Esquire Hallows Letter to me
about his Land it is likely you will go near to See him before you
return. Mr. Perry and I have had Some Pickerings of late; & your
misunderstandings I knew have been much greater but I will hope
both of us are coming into pretty good terms again with him
The Station he is in will Enable him if he will Exert his Strength
to do us the most Services of any Concerned in the Trade --

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      I Shall Conclude as I begun that you may obtain the great
Motive of your going home a full recovery of your health as well as
the Addition of all other happiness I am

              Sir --
                  Your very most humble Servt: --


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. There is a 19th-century transcript of the letter in the Minor-Blackford Papers, James Monroe Law Office and Museum, Fredericksburg, 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 to the heading on the draft.

[1] Carter refers to the attempt of the colony to persuade Parliament to remove the prohibition against the importation of stemmed tobacco into Britain which it had had passed in 1722. Randolph was the colony's agent to negotiate for the "grand Affair"; his mission would be successful. While Randolph would not leave for England until 1729, Carter had to write well in advance to get his letter aboard a ship sailing in the late summer so that it would reach England before Randolph. ( Arthur Pierce Middleton. Tobacco Coast: A Maritime History of the Chesapeake Bay in the Colonial Era. [Newport News, VA: Mariners' Museum, 1953.] p. 116. )

[2] Samuel Hallows (Hallowes) was a great nephew of John Hallowes, an early landholder in Northumberland and later, Westmoreland County, who was usually identified as of "Nomini" in Westmoreland County. Samuel Hallows lived in Ashworth, County Lancaster, England. The tract in which Carter was interested may have been that of 2400 acres acquired from Hallowes in 1733 by Thomas Lee. Carter had written Hallows 1728 May 30 that he would not buy the tract of land. ("Major John Hallowes, 1615-1657" in Norris. Westmoreland County, Virginia. pp. 99-102. )

[3] Carter probably dictated "bickerings."

[4] England

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised November 18, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.