Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Alexander, December 27, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to Robert Alexander, December 27, 1723, in response to the "application" Alexander has filed to obtain warrants for land in the Northern Neck proprietary. Carter sends warrants for two parcels, but declines the others because the description of the lands is vague, and because he does not know whether Alexander has the means to make the required improvements on them.

Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Alexander, December 27, 1723

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[Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia]
Decr: 27. 1723
Mr Robt Alexander

     I recd: Your letter or reather Entries suggestions for
some Land by Your barer you grasp at a very great quan=
tity twice more than ever I granted to one person since
I have been concernd in the office and I believe very larg=
ly above Your size to make improvments upon the
bounds You give are very loose and unconfin'd which
I always avoid giving Warrants upon. The two entries
for three Thousand Acres each beng a little more
particularly discrib'd I have sent You Warrants for
the other two Entries suggestions must lie for consideration till
I am better acquainted with Your circumstances
and the places where the Lands lie

     You are Mistaken as to my fees for an Entry and
[ ... ] Warrrant I charge an hundred and seventy five pounds
[ ... ] [of] Tob: this reduc'd to mony at ten Shillings present
[ ... ] [ . . . ] comes to seventeen shillings and six pence
[ ... ] [accord] ingly I stop five and Thirty Shillings

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for Your two Entries and Warrants I am

Your Humb: Servt:


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.

The name of Carter's home, the county, and colony have been added for clarity to this unheaded draft.

[1] The name "Robert Alexander" appears as a justice of the peace for Prince William County in the records of the Council for November 1, 1734. (McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 4[721-1739]: 339. )

This text revised December 3, 2010.