Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Landon Jones, August 9, 1728

     Robert Carter writes to Landon Jones, son of his late sister-in-law, Mary (Landon) Jones Swan, August 9, 1728, to report that there has been no progress on the law suit between himself and Thomas Edwards over Jones's mother's estate.

Letter from Robert Carter to Landon Jones, August 9, 1728

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Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Augst: the 9th: 1728

Mr. Landon Jones

Sir --

     I have not recd a line from you this year
This only is to acquaint you that the Law Suit between Mr.
and I concerning your Mothers Affairs is not yet
Determined. The Lawyers to whom it was referrd have not

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yet finishd their award what it will be I know no more [than]
you do I am afraid none of the best of our Side tis so long on the An [vil]
You must have patience till they result I can Say no more at
present but am

              Sir --
                  Yor. Affectte. Humble Servt: --

per the 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. There is a nineteenth-century copy of this letter in the Minor-Blackford Papers, James Monroe Law Office and Museum, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Robert Carter generally used a return address of "Rappahannock" for the river on which he lived rather than "Corotoman," the name of his home, on his correspondence, especially to persons abroad. The county and colony have been added for clarity.

[1] Landon Jones was the son of Carter's sister-in-law, Mary (Landon) Jones Swan. See "The Landon Family." Virginia Magazine. . . . for details of the family and the English estate to which Jones's mother may have had a claim that he was pursuing in that country. See Carter's letter to Jones of July 22, 1723 for more details about the law suit.

[2] "Thos. Edwards, a little petty Fogging Lawyer the Clark of our County that hath as much Mettle and more cunning for Contention then his predecessor had" Carter wrote to Landon Jones, July 22, 1723. His opinion of Edwards later changed for there are more appreciate mentions of him in Carter's diary. Edwards was clerkof the Lancaster County court from 1720-1746. Jones's mother's son-in-law, John Swan, had made an agreement with her concerning improvements to the Swan estate but her papers were destroyed at her death. John Swan's widow had married Edwards who claimed the majority of the estate. ( Within the Court House at Lancaster. Lively, VA: Lively Printing Services, Lively, VA: Lively Printing Services, [1976]. p. 15. )

This text, originally posted in 2004, was reviewed December 9, 2014.