Robert Carter writes to [Governor William Gooch,] May 21, 1728, to send by his son Charles a commission for the governor's signature that will renew Carter's post as escheator of the Northern Neck. He alerts the governor that the county courts of Stafford and Northumberland will not sit until they receive new commissions as more than six months have passed since the death of the king. He encloses a list (not present) in which he has listed the members of each court, their "abilitys," "Characters," and where they live, and offers to send new commissions to these courts should they be ready before Charles leaves town.
This waits upon yor. honr. with my Son
Charles who brings the Commission I had from Colonel Drysdale for be=
ing Escheator, of the Northern Neck which you were pleas'd to prom
ise to renew to me I have Sent another ready drawn for yor. Honrs.
Signature and the Seal of the Colony. if you Shall please to give
your Sanction to
I think it my Duty to acquaint your honr.
with the Semple that Some of our County Courts have taken up
that the Six months from the demise of the King being Expired they
have no longer Power to hold Courts till they receive new Com
missions from your honr. Stafford Court hath declined Sitting so
hath Northumberland. Our Court hath Sitt in Course hitherto
what the other three Courts intend to do have not yet heard; Three
of these Commissions Mr. Robertson had Orders from yor. honr.
to make out when I was at the Council Board for Staff & Northumd:
at the riseing of Assembly for Richmond at the last Council in the Genl.
Court, In respect to the other Commissions I give
to yor. honr.
Opinion in the Enclosed list In which I have had regard to the
abilitys of the men their Characters and Places of abode, If yor. honr.
Shall think fit to order these Commissions to be made ready while
my Son is in Town I Shall take care to have them Transmitted to
the several Countys with all the dispatch I can
that Justice may
be no longer
meet with no
Delay I pray for the Continuance of yor. honrs. health
and happiness As it is my Duty and am