Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Captain George Turberville, September 6, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to Captain George Turberville of Westmoreland County, September 6, 1727, that he cannot send the land warrant that Turberville and Frank Awbrey want because the description of the land is too vague. Also, he expects to be paid the necessary fees because he has about 100 warrants in the office for which he has never been paid.

Letter from Robert Carter to Captain George Turberville, September 6, 1727

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Capt: Geo: Turbervile --      [Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Sepr: the 6th: 1727 --

     I had Frank Awbrys Letter of the 5th: of June
and now I have yours repeating the Same places but they are so loose
and so unintelligible that I shall give no warrants upon Such un
certain places where it will lye in the breast of the Persons taking them
out to lay of the Lands almost where they please nor do I think it proper
upon every fellows Letter that will write to me for warrants im
medately to Issue them without the Fees being paid I believe I have
now a hundred warrants out that I have never rec'd a groat for
nor I beleive never shall there are Several large Entrys for Lands in
those parts which must be Served before Awbrys. Colonel Mason
had two warrants last week for some Lands thereabouts One
for four thousand Acres, Capt: Elliott made an Entry for four
thousand Acres when he was up down, Colonel Page hath Enterd
for Ten thousand Acres and I have a large Warrant out upon
the Accot. of Some of my Children If when these are all Served
the Land Awbry aims at if he will discribe it more Particularly
I will Endeavour no new offerer Shall have it,

     I dont know what Deed you want from me
I Sent one Deed to Meeks long ago with Orders to deliver it you im
mediately and I now Send you another for 459 Acres which is all
the Deeds of yours in the Office that I can find Shall add no more at
Present but

Yor: humble Servt


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.

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

[1] Francis (Frank) Awbrey (1690?-1741) was an active land speculator in the area that became Loudoun County, and was one of the first justices when Prince William County was organiized in 1731. He was sheriff of that county in 1739. (McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 4[1721-1739]:239, 439; and Harrison. Landmarks. . . . pp. 148, 150, 153-54 ff. )

[2] A groat is "an old British coin worth four pennies." (Merriam Webster Dictionary .)

[3] 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.] )

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised May 13, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.