Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Colonel Thomas Lee, December 14, 1728

     Robert Carter writes to Colonel Thomas Lee of Westmoreland County, December 14, 1728, concerning land that was surveyed for Lee even though the surveyor already had a warrant to survey if for one of Carter's children, and specifying how Lee may make payment of the fees for other land already surveyed.

Letter from Robert Carter to Colonel Thomas Lee, December 14, 1728

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[Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Decr. the 14th: 1728

Colonel Thos Lee

Sir --

      Captain Turbervile being here I cannot have a better Oppor
tunity to answer a part of your last Letter I must own I was disatisfied
with Thomas for his large Survey for you Exceeding so much the
Quantity of Land the warrant was for. first for that I had given him
positive Orders against Such a Practice and next that it is the very land
he had proposed to take up for one of my Descendants and I believe had
a warrant in his pocket for it at the time when he made your Survey
not that I intended to Stop a Deed to you upon the Survey which has
bin drawn a Considerable time and is registerd. As to your Picking
and heaving out all the bad land I can never agree to Such a method
upon payment of your Composition which if in Tobacco I have made it a
rule to my Collectors not to take unless in hogsheads of 700 neat and [...]
Convenient too, If you have a mind to pay Sterling money I am
Contented to take 10/ per hundred Acres which is the Price the rights
are Set at by the Crown upon your payment either ways your Deed Shall
be Sent to you I am

                  Your most humble Servt


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.

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

[1] Thomas Lee (1690-1750) of Westmoreland County was the son of Richard Lee II, and nephew of Edmund Jenings; he would build "Stratford," and succeed Carter on the Council. For a good article on Thomas Lee, see "Thomas Lee of Stratford 1690-1750" by Jeanne A. Calhoun on Stratford plantation's website. ( Burton J. Hendrick. The Lees of Virginia: Biography of a Family. [Boston: Little Brown, 1935]. pp. 48, 51, etc. )

[2] James Thomas was surveyor of Lancaster County, and after 1727, of Westmoreland County. In 1736, he would be one of the surveyors involved in the work of the commission to determine the bounds of the Northern Neck proprietary. (Brown. Virginia Baron. . . . pp. 83, 92. See Carter to Peter Beverley, December 14, 1727. )

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised January 23 2015, to strengthen the footnotes and the modern language version text.