Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Colonel [Nicholas] Smith, November 20, 1728

     Robert Carter as comander of the militia of the Northern Neck writes to Colonel [Nicholas] Smith of King George County, November 20, 1728, concerning the appointment of milita officers in that county.

Letter from Robert Carter to Colonel [Nicholas] Smith, November 20, 1728

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

To Colonel Smith

Sir --

     herewith I Send you your own Commission from the
Governor and Major Thorntons I have Commissions in blank for all the r [est]
of your Officers of your County but I do not care to fill them up until I
have yorus and Major Thorntons Assistance and Advice and am
Acquainted with those you think proper for the Places & wheth [er]
any of the old ones will not Accept of their Commissions I Send you a Copy [of]
the return I had from you which will not now do Some of your Captains
being Dead Russell removed into Stafford and one I think you told
me of that would hold his Commission no longer I desire your Assistance
and return for the regulation of this Affair as Soon as you have
Conveniency Although in this winter Season we have no Occasion
to be in haste It will be best I reckon to let the respective Captains please themselves
in their under Officers; The Same Clause as is to Colonel Lee --


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. The addressee is probably Nicholas Smith because he and William Thornton lived in King George County.

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

[1] Major William Thornton (d. 1742/43) of King George County. ( King George County Virginia Will Book A-1 1721-1752 And Miscellaneous Notes. [Fredericksburg, VA: Privately Printed, 1978], p. 277. )

[2] Carter told his clerk to add to this draft when he prepared the outgoing letter the final paragraph of his letter to Thomas Lee of the same date. It read:

You know that upon these Occasions the Govrs. Clerk who writes these Commissions Expects to be remembred I promist [h] im all the Service I could do and to be answerable to him for what Gentleman would be pleased to depolite in my hands for him I doubt not [you] r readiness to forward this matter as far as it lyes within your province I am

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised January 20, 2015, to strengthen the footnotes and the modern language version text.