Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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April 19,1706
Petition from Robert Carter to the Governor and General Court, April 19, 1706

     Robert Carter petitons the governor and General Court, April 19, 1706, for an injunction to prevent Maurice Jones of Wicocomoco Parish, Northumberland County, from cutting the timber, and planting crops on 50 acres in that parish belonging to Carter. A docket notes the petition was granted in part.

Petition from Robert Carter to the Governor and General Court, [April 19, 1706]

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

[April 19, 1706]

To his Excellency Edward Nott Esquire her Majesties -- Lieutenant and Governor
General of Virginia and the honorable -- the General Court in Chancery --
The petition of Robert Carter Esquire Sheweth

     That one Maurice Jones of Northumberland County in this Colony hath
wrongfully possessed himself of a certain tract or parcel of Land in Wicocomoco
parish in the said County containing about fifty Acres in w[hich] Land
yor petitioner has an Estate in Fee and that the said Jones has committed
diverse great Wastes and doth continue so to do upon the said Land by
falling of Timber grubbing up of Trees and hoeing up planting and tending the Soil to the
great prejudice of Your Petitioner nothwithstanding Yor petitioner hath
given the said Jones notices not to proceed in his comitting Waste upon the said
Land and notwithstanding yor petitioner has Endeavoured to prevent
and hinder the said Jones from comitting such Waste

     Wherefore Yor petitioner prays that This Court will
be pleased to grant her Majesty's wrote of Injunction to
restrain him the said Jones from Comitting any farther
Waste Upon the said Land by falling Timber grubbing
Trees or hoeing up the Land or otherwise

And Your petitioner shall pray &c


Source copy consulted: State Records, Colonial Government (RG1), Colonial Papers, 1630-1778, on Miscellaneous Reel 610, folder 17, no. 8. Archives Research Services, Library of Virginia, Richmond. Published in Headlam. Calendar of State Papers Colonial Series. I, 101.

The petiton was docketed on the back in a later hand: Coln. Carter |Petn. |1705 or 6, and in a contemporary hand: Collo Carter 5th day | Motion | Ented. Apr. 19th. 1706. | Granted in part.

[1] Edward Nott (1652-1706) was the governor of the colony from 1705 to 1706, dying in office.

This text revised July 21, 2008.