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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
Corotoman, [Lancaster County, Virginia]
Novr. 20th. 1728
To Colonel Tayloe
By my Son Robin
I Send you your own Commission
and a Major's 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 Captain in the room of the Major Morton
is Dead and Captain Belfield
desired me that his Son might have his
Place there will want I believe other regulations I have blanks
for all the Officers believe the best way will be to let the respective Captains
please themselves in their under Officers, but I do not care to fill
them up until I have your 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 we need not be in great
haste 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.
 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. . . .
 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. . . .
and Beverley Fleet. Virginia Colonial Abstracts . . . Richmond County Records 1703-1724.
[Privately published, (1943?). p. 97.]
 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
 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 [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.