Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Jones, May 25, 1728

     Robert Carter writes to Robert Jones of Prince William County, May 25, 1728, concerning surveys John Warner is to make for his son Charles and for Jones, and of the land he is buying from John Mercer. He informs Jones that the sloop will be coming to him in about two weeks, as will Charles.

Letter from Robert Carter to Robert Jones, May 25, 1728

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[Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
May the 25th.1728

Mr. Robt: Jones --

     Mr. John Warner hath bin with me
hath brought his Surveys for my son Charles and your Self
he hath full Instructions about laying out and dividing
the Land I am about buying of Mr. Mercer In which you
must ]act] as Assistant to him as you can. he hath according to
your desire taken of the bounds of the Sevl. Lands lying about the
branches of the Horsepen run, so that I beleive he will be able
to find out what wast Land is there,

     My Sloop I Expect home in a Short time
I design her next Trip up to you I beleive in about a fortnight
you may Expect her. When and my Son Charles reckons to be up
in about 10 or 12 [illegible] of next month I am

              Yor. Friend .


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.

Carter has added the close to the clerk's draft in his hand as is indicated by the use of bold italics.

This letter was published in Berkeley. "Robert Carter as Agricultural Administrator: . . ." p. 285.

[1] John Warner was the surveyor of King George County in 1727; he laid off the town of Falmouth in 1728. Later he worked for Lord Fairfax, and prepared an important map of his holdings. (Harrison, Landmarks of Old Prince William , 626-628. )

[2] John Mercer (1704-1768) emigrated from Ireland where he had been trained as an attorney. "He settled at Marlboroughtown [in then Stafford County] in 1726 as a practicing attorney and at once allowed a facile pen to get him into trouble with the government." He eventually lost his license to practice law, and turned to the land speculation that he had begun as soon as he reached Virginia. "He married first on June 10, 1725 Catherine Mason (June 21, 1707-June 15, 1750) only child of Colonel George Mason (16??-1716) and his second wife Elizabeth Waugh, daughter of the Reverend Mr. John Waugh."(Harrison. Landmarks of Old Prince William p. 315; Copeland and MacMaster. The Five George Masons. ; and "John Mercer." )

[3] Horsepen Run is a branch of Broad Run and lies partly in today's Fairfax County, and also in Loudoun County running along the eastern and northern sides of Dulles Airport. ( Alexandria Drafting Company. Regional Northern Virginia. [Alexandria, VA: Alexandria Drafting Company, 2002.] pp. 12, 16-17, 151. )

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised October 24, 2014, to strengthen the modern language version text.