Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to James Carter, January 14, 1729

     Robert Carter writes to his Stafford County manager James Carter, January 14, 1729, concerning debts due him from Leonard Knight which Knight proposes to settle by giving Carter his estate, and deals with payment of his "publick dues," and horses he has bought for the Frying Pan plantation.

Letter from Robert Carter to James Carter, January 14, 1729

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Corotoman. [Lancaster County, Virginia]     
January 14: 1729

Mr: James Carter

      Herewith I send you Leonard Knights obligation
for the payment of 1740 pounds of Tobacco after the 1st of December 1725
the Interest of this Tobacco until last December at 6 per Cent is 417. add to
this four years rent at 500 pounds per annum -- it comes to 4157 pounds of Tobacco
he offers me his Estate for payment. he says he has some cows &
calves besides household goods the way must be I think to have them
Valued I am in hopes you may prevail with Captain Farrow to take
care of the cattle during the winter and I will have them drove up in the
Spring to Frying Pan --

     I likewise here inclose to you the Secretarys
note on captain Farrow the present Sheriff, for 1875 pounds of Tobacco
his fees due in Stafford for this present year I hope this tobacco may be contrived
to go in paymnent of my public dues

     I am indebted for a horse and a mare Captain Triplett
bought for the Service of the Frying pan Plantation I am to pay a thou
sand pounds of tobacco for each of them Captain Triplett will inform yo [u]
to whom it is due I desire you will See this debt discharged upon Accot

              your friend to Serve you

Delivered Mr Carter


Source copy consulted: Letter book, 1728 August-1731 July, Robert Carter Papers (acc. no. 3807), Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

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

[1] A Leonard Knight appears in records of Stafford County about this time. ( List of the Tithables allowed to Tend Tobacco and quantity of Plants in the Precincts Between Aquia and Quanco Vizt [Stafford County, 1724] ; and W.B Chilton. "The Brent Family" Virginia Magazine of History and Biography. 18[1910]:444-47 .)

[2] In 1728, Carter, his sons Robert and Charles, and his son-in-law Mann Page, organized a company to mine for copper on a tract of some 27,000 acres that Louis Morton describes as lying "near the present boundary of Fairfax and Loudoun counties." Fairfax Harrison wrote that the tract was "on the Horsepen of Broad." Horsepen Run joins Broad Run on the northern border of Dulles airport. The company was not successful. (Morton. Robert Robert Carter of Nomini Hall. pp. 18-19; and Harrison. Landmarks. . . . p. 342. )

[3] Abraham Farrow was the sheriff of Stafford County in 1729. (McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 4[1721-1739]:200. )

[4] This may have been John Triplett of King George County. ( "Combs &c. Families of King George Co VA." January 4, 2005 )

This text, originally posted in 2005, was revised January 27, 2015, to strengthen the footnotes and the modern language version text.