Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to John King, August 9, 1728

     Robert Carter writes to Bristol merchant John King, August 9, 1728, to report the arrival of King's letter and shoes that he had ordered. He declines to send more tobacco to Bristol as the market is so bad, and he orders "Bristol waters" to treat "a Distemper I have been afflicted with these three or four Years ."

Letter from Robert Carter to John King, August 9, 1728

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Augst: the 9th: 1728

John King Esqr

Sir --

     I received your Letter by Captain Darracott Sweett
with the Shoes also by Captain Darracot he has offered me freight if I had Occasion but
your market is so cried out of all England over not only for its low=
ness but for its having Spoiled the markets of all England over besides
that I think it will be very imprudent to Send any Tobacco to you at
this time

     For a Distemper I have been afflicted with these three
or four Years I have been advised nothing will Contribute more to my
recovery than the use of the Bristol waters and I reckon it will be much
better having it from you than round about from London Therefore
desire you to take the first Opportunity to Send me in 2 or 3 dozen
of Flasks of it It must be carefully packed up and the Master parti=
cularly Engaged in its Safe Stowage I also desire you to Send me in
20 -- 10d: Nails and 10,000 -- 8d: which is the needful at present from

              Sir --
                  Your very humble Servt: --

per the Carter


Source copy consulted: Letter book, 1728 August-1731 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.

[1] Carter mentions a Captain Darracott in letters of 1720 and 1721 to Bristol mechant John King, and a Captain John Darracott's wife, Cecilia, died in 1737 and was buried at the home of her father, William Massie (Massey), of New Kent County. A John Darracott's will was probated in Hanover County (whose records have chiefly been lost) also in 1737. ( "Personal Notices From the Virginia Gazette," William and Mary Quarterly , 1st. ser., 5(April 1897): 242; "John Darracott of Hanover Co., Va. & his wives." Darracott Family Genealogy Forum on examined 5/12/2010 and 12/11/2014; Online index of Wills/Administration of the online catalog, Library of Virginia examined 5/12/2010 and 12/11/2014; and "Massie Family," ibid. , 1st. ser., 13(January 1905): 202-3. )

[2] "Mineral waters of Clifton, near Bristol, with a temperature not exceeding 74 [degrees]; formerly celebrated in cases of pulmonary consumption." ( "Bristol waters" on 12/5/2014 )

[3] It is likely that the clerk taking Carter's dictation for the draft of this letter forgot to enter the symbol for thousands for the quantity of eight-penny nails as he did enter for the ten-penny nails. One hopes this omission was caught when the fair copies of the letter were prepared for sending to Bristol!

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised December 11, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.