Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Captain [Charles] Broadwater, December 28, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to Captain [Charles] Broadwater, December 28, 1723, to inform him that he cannot issue a warrant for the land that Broadwater desires on Dogue Run because George Mason and Robert Alexander have already obtained warrants in the area. He does send Broadwater a warrant for use in case Broadwater can identify land he would like in the area.

Letter from Robert Carter to Captain [Charles] Broadwater, December 28, 1723

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[Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia]

Decr. 28th. 1723

Capt: Broadwater

     I recd Yours of the 19th this day and am sorry
to tell You that Col: Mason hath outwited You and hath
got My Warrant for four hundred Acres on the Dooge
run bounding on the Land of Mathews this You must
thank Hooper for had he given me an early account of
Your Entry as he has oportunities every week at least
Col: Mason should not have had the Start of You but now
I cant help You unless there is more Land that will
please You after he is serv'd

     I am affraid Mr Robt: Alexander hath also been
too nimble for You upon Pimmots Run Who had a Warrant
Yesterday for three Thousand Acres there however I now
Send You a Warrant according to Your Entry that You
may make the best use of it you can

     If it lies in my way hereafter to make You amend[s]
for these disapointments You shall find me ready
who 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 to this unheaded draft.

[1] Charles Broadwater (d. 1733) was described by Fairfax Harrison as "a merchant mariner [who] had been established in the Potomac freshes for a decade when he died in 1733." (Harrison. Landmarks. . . . p. 413. )

[2] George Mason III (c. 1690-1735), justice, sheriff, burgess, and county lieutenant of Stafford County, father of the constitutional theorist. (Copeland and MacMaster, The Five George Masons. pp. 50-86 ; and George Harrison Sanford King, The Register of Overwharton Parish Stafford County Virginia 1723-1758 And Sundry Historical and Genealogical Notes . [Fredericksburg, VA: privately printed, 1961.] )

[3] This probably is present Dogue Creek in Fairfax County, lying along the southwestern side of what was once called Mt. Vernon Neck, near Mt. Vernon. "Dogue Creek is a tidal tributary of the Potomac River in Fairfax County, Virginia, named for the Doeg Indians." ( Alexandria Drafting Company. Regional Northern Virginia. [Alexandria, VA: Alexandria Drafting Company, 2002.]. pp. 23, 29; and Wikipedia, 12/8/2010. )

[4] Pimmots (Pimmits) Run is located in today's Fairfax County, and Wikipedia's description of its meandering route is good: [It] "runs from Fairfax County to the Potomac River at Chain Bridge in the Arlingwood neighborhood of Arlington County." There is a neighborhood and a park bearing the Pimmits name along its route. Wikipedia also notes, "The stream was named for John Pimmit who in 1675 was an overseer for William Fitzhugh (1651-1701). John was naturalized a citizen in 1679, and died by drowning in 1688-1689. He was survived by three children." It is also stated that a citation was needed for this information. It almost certainly was taken from Fairfax Harrison's Harrison. Landmarks of Old Prince William, pages 68 and 75. ( Wikipedia, 12/8/2010 ; and Alexandria Drafting Company. Regional Northern Virginia. [Alexandria, VA: Alexandria Drafting Company, 2002.]. pp. 20-21. )

This text, originally posted 2002, was revised December 8, 2010., to add footnotes, and to strengthen the modern language version text.