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  • Papers, 1659-1797, of the Carter family of Virginia consisting of land documents, correspondence, and diaries of Landon Carter (1710-1778) and his son Robert Wormeley Carter (1734-1804), in the Sabine Hall Collection at the University of Virginia. The principal figure in this collection is Landon Carter, son of Robert "King" Carter, and successful Virginia planter and politician. Correspondence in the Sabine Hall Collection has been supplemented with copies of Landon Carter's correspondence from the College of William and Mary and the Virginia Historical Society. Restricted to reference use only. For more information on this collection see University of Virginia Library Microfilm Publication No. 3, THE CARTER FAMILY PAPERS, 1659-1797, IN THE SABINE HALL COLLECTION, edited by Paul P. Hoffman (1967)
  • SERIES I - The land documents, both maps and indentures, show the evolution of the Sabine Hall estate, which was built in 1730. The correspondence includes commercial letters pertaining to the tobacco and slave trade, letters of Landon Carter to the printers of the VIRGINIA GAZETTE regarding his political essays, letters and documents prepared by Thomas Bryan Martin (1731-1798) concerning Landon Carter's disputed quit-rent accounts, the political letters of Richard Henry Lee, and correspondence of Landon Carter with his brothers Charles Carter of Cleve and John Carter of Corotoman and Shirley, his nephew Charles Carter of Corotoman and Shirley, and his son Robert Wormeley Carter, concerning family relations, agriculture, and politics. The bulk of the correspondence on reel 2 relates to politics, with a major emphasis on the Revolution. Also, includes single letters from Philip Key, Josiah Parker, and Edmund Pendleton. Other correspondents include: John Tayloe II, a neighbor; the Reverend Isaac Williams Giberne, rector of Lunenburg Parish; Ralph Wormeley, Jr.; and Dr. Walter Jones
  • SERIES II - The diaries of Landon Carter contain a variety of observations on medical, agricultural, political, and personal topics. The diary of 27 February 1752-2 June 1775 records the daily activities of the House of Burgesses. The later diaries also reveal the increasingly choleric and eccentric sides of Landon Carter's nature
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Landon Carter (1710-1778), of Sabine Hall, Richmond County, Virginia, was a successful Virginia planter and politician. He was the son of Robert Carter (ca. 1663-1732), who was known as "King Carter" because of his wealth and power.
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Special Collections, Alderman Library, University of Virginia;
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  • The Library of Virginia
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Manuscripts Division, Alderman Library , University of Virginia
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  • Organized into two series: I. Correspondence and Land Documents, 1650-1797. II. Diaries, 1752-1783;
  • ROLL 1: Land Documents and Correspondence, 22 May 1650, 2 November 1659-5 December 1774; ROLL 2: Correspondence, 1775-28 October 1797, and Dairies of Landon Carter, 27 February 1752-2 June 1775 (diary of the House of Burgesses), 21 September 1756-24 October 1758, 15 November 1763-15 December 1764, 5 January 1770-29 June 1771 (16 diaries); ROLL 3: Dairies of Landon Carter, 1 July 1771-25 October 1772 (9 diaries), 1 June-29 June 1773, 3 September-3 October 1773, 1 February-1 March 1774, 1 May-4 September 1774 (3 diaries), 1 October 1774-31 October 1774 (2 diaries), 1-31 December 1774, 3-31 July 1775, 2-30 September 1775, 1772-1777 (diary-daybook, supplement to other diaries); ROLL 4: Diaries of Landon Carter, 31 January-15 May 1776 (4 diaries), 3-28 February 1777, 6 July-15 August 1777, 31 August-4 October 1777, 1 August-2 September 1778, 10 September-2 October [1778], and Diary of Robert Wormeley Carter, 6 January 1783-2 January 1784.
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