Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Colonel [John] Tayloe, November 20, 1728

     Robert Carter as commander of the militia in the Northern Neck writes to Colonel [John] Tayloe of Richmond County, November 20, 1728, concerning the appointment of militia officers in that county.

Letter from Robert Carter to Colonel [John] Tayloe, November 20, 1728

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

To Colonel Tayloe

Sir --

     By my Son Robin I Send you your own Commission
and a Majr. Commission for Moore Fauntleroy which you Seem to think
most proper I Send you a Copy of the list I had from you which will not
do now there must be a Capt: in the room of the Majr. Morton I hear
is Dead and Capt: Belfeild desired me that his Son might have his
Place there will want I beleive other regulations I have blanks
for all the Officers beleive the best way will be to let the respective Capts.

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please themselves in their under Officers, but I do not care to fill
them up till I have yor. Assistance and recommendation & know
who they are that will not refuse which you will please to hand
me with the first Conveniencey Although I think wee need not be in great
hast in regard it is the winter Season, here to follow 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 county and colony have been added for clarity to the heading on this draft.

[1] John Tayloe (1687-1747) of Mt. Airy, Richmond County, who served as justice, burgess, colonel of militia, and as a member of the Council after 1732. (Ryland. Richmond County Virginia. . . . pp. 115-16. )

[2] Moore Fauntleroy (1679-1739), a prominent citizen of Richmond County where he was a justice in 1714; he married Margaret Micou. (McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 3[1705-1721]:284; "Fauntleroy Family" ; and Beverley Fleet. Virginia Colonial Abstracts . . . Richmond County Records 1703-1724. [Privately published, (1943?). p. 97.] )

[3] According to the online index of Virginia wills and administrations maintained by the Library of Virginia, there are records of the estate of John Morton of Richmond County in 1728. ( "Part of index to Richmond County Wills and Administrations (1692-1800). Note p. 105-110. Inv. & appr. rec. 6 Nov. 1728. Will Book No. 5, 1725-1753" ; and Daniel Morton. "The Morton Patriarchs of Virginia." Virginia Magazine of History and Biography 17[3 (Jul., 1909)]: 311-316

[4] 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 Gent would be pleased to depolite [sic ] 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.