Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, November 29, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to London merchant Micajah Perry, November 29, 1723, to send him the papers (not present) concerning the case he has brought before the General Court in Virginia over the proprietors' rights to certain items such as "fines and Felons goods." He asks Perry to get him the opinions of the best lawyers in England, especially those of the Attorney and Solicitor general if possible. He calls on Perry because the proprietors are very slow in responding to him although, in this cae, he thinks they should be very interested since there is money involved.

Letter from Robert Carter to Micajah Perry, November 29, 1723

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Rappa[hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

Novr. 29. 1723

Mr Micajh: Perry

     If I do not mistake I have already
acquainted you of the Case I had before the General
Court upon the exposition of some parts of the Pro=
prietors Grant [illegible] all and all ma[illegible]
the words that the dispute rises upon are in the
enclosed paper for fear I should not have mentioned
them to you before, I have sent them to the Propri=
etor's already urging them to send me in the opinions
of some of the best Lawyers in England both the
Attorney General's and Solicitor's if to be got, have
told them I have imploy'd some of the best Lawyers
here and the great consequence it will be to their

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Estate and that I would get the Tryal delay'd [until]
April Court which is accordingly done that I might have these opinions be[fore]
it comes on, but knowing how slow they are in th[eir]
answers to me I repeat my request to you to get these
great mens Opinions sent into me or at least some other able Counsell's which will be
of great service to the Cause, and one would think
their own interest especialy My Lords to whom the
inheritance wll come is inducement enough to quicken
quicken them. There is something or another that happens
frequently particularly fines and Felons goods and
within this month something that is considerable which
makes me the more Solicitous that you will be in=
dustrious in this Affair wherein you will much
oblidge Sr

Your Most Humb: Servant


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter letter book, 1723 June 16-1724 April 23, Robert Carter Papers (acc. no. 3807), Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. There is a nineteenth-century transcript of this letter in the Minor-Blackford Papers, James Monroe Law Office and Museum, Fredericksburg, 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.