Robert "King" Carter Papers

The Diary, Correspondence and Letters of Robert "King" Carter of Virginia, 1701 to 1732

Transcribed, Edited, and Annotated by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

This site includes transcriptions of the diary, correspondence, and papers of the richest and most important man of his day in Virginia, who owned at his death at least 300,000 acres containing many farms and plantations that produced tobacco and other crops for sale, some 750 slaves to work those plantations, and large sums of money invested in Virginia and in England. Robert Carter was a member of the Council of Virginia, acting governor 1726-1727, and a political power in the colony. He had received a classical education in England and corresponded widely both within the colony and with merchants in England.

Historic Christ Church & Museum has gratefully accepted the invitation to host this site from Edmund Berkeley, Jr. While the exact date of the transfer is to be determined, we estimate that it will be in 2018.

In the meantime, transcriptions of Robert Carter's surviving papers, including his letters, diaries, will, estate inventory, obituaries and other related documents are available at this site: