In 18th century Virginia, Robert "King" Carter owned over 300,000 acres containing many farms and plantations as well as some 1,000 slaves to work those plantations. He was a member of the Council of Virginia and was acting governor of the state for a time. He received a classical education in England, and corresponded widely both within the colony and with merchants overseas. His correspondence was transcribed and digitized by Edmund Berkeley, Jr., former director of special collections at the University of Virginia Library, and put online by the staff at UVA's Electronic Text center. Users can read and search the transcribed texts (in either original or modernized spelling) as well as read a brief biography of Carter and notes on people and places frequently cited in the text letters and diaries. The letters run from 1702-1720 and the diaries are from 1722-1723.
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