Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Major John Fitzhugh, November 20, 1728

     Robert Carter as commander of the militia in the Northern Neck writes to Major John Fitzhugh of Stafford County, November 20, 1728, concerning militia appointments in that county, and directing Fitzhugh to consult Colonel George Mason about them.

Letter from Robert Carter to Major John Fitzhugh, November 20, 1728

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Corotoman, [Lancaster County, Virginia]   
Novr. the 20th. 1728

Majr. John Fitzhugh

Sir --

     Colonel Mason hath had his commission from the Govr.
so hath your couzen and your Self I brought home with me blank
Commissions for all the rest of the Officers of the Militia in your county but
I do not care to full them up without Colonel Mason ]'s] and yor.
Advice and Assistance I now send you a Copy of the last I had from
you which I reckon now wants alterations and regulations --
whether any of your Captains are Dead I dont know Perhaps there
are Some that will refuse I desire you will consult Colonel Mason
as soon as you can and let me have a full list of the Captains
[t] hat will Serve and you approve of I would have this as soon as
[y] ou can have a meeting with Colonel Mason Altho this winter
[s] eason wee have no reason wee have no reason [sic ] to be in great
hast As for the under Officers I think it will be most proper to let
the respective Capts. please themselves I am

                  Yor. most humble Servt: --


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

The county and colony have been added for clarity to the heading on the draft.

[1] John Fitzhugh (d. 1733) of Stafford County, a younger son of William Fitzhugh of "Bedford." He was a burgess from Stafford in 1727. ( "The Fitzhugh Family." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. 7[1899-1900]: 317-19. )

[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.] )

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised January 19, 2015, to strengthen the modern language version text.