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Letter from Robert Carter to Colonel Thomas Lee, February 24, 1729
Robert Carter writes to Colonel Thomas Lee of Westmoreland County, February 24, 1729, concerning militia commissions, and to sympathize with him over the loss of his house.
Letter from Robert Carter to Colonel Thomas Lee,
February 24, 1729
[Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia]
February 24. 1728/9
Colonel Thomas Lee
Herewith I send you all the commissions I
have for the Militia of your County when I came to Overhaul
them find the Governors
Secretary has omitted putting up the commission
for the Two Companies of Foot of which the Captains are dead
I shall send for [them at] the first Opportunity
them to you
It is of the Latest to condole
with you upon
your d [i] sm [al]
Calamity my own Suffering in the like nature
I do Assure y [ou]
makes me Sympathise the more deeply with yours Although everyon [e]
that wears the Compassion of a Christian cannot but entertain the
Story with a high regret I am
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 name of Carter's home, "Corotoman," the county, and colony have been added for clarity to this unheaded draft.
 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.
 Carter refers to the fire that burned Lee's house at Machodoc on January 29, 1729, as well as the loss of his own fine new house at Corotoman in late January. The Maryland Gazette
reported that "Col. Thomas Lee's fine House in Virginia was burnt, his Office, barns, and Out-houses: His Plate, Cash (to the Sum of 1000 £) Papers, and every Thing intirely lost . . . ." For a good article on Thomas Lee, see that cited in footnote 1. ( See the Maryland Gazette
for March 25-April 1, 1729, for the report of Lee's loss.
See the Maryland Gazette
for February 4-11, 1728/29 for comment on Carter's loss. The Maryland Archives has placed its copies of the Maryland Gazette
online. Unfortunately, page four of the issue of February 4-11, 1728/29, is missing, and that must be where the notice of the fire at Corotoman appeared; the text is quoted in secondary sources as reading: "The fine large house of Colonel Carter on the Rappahannock was also burnt lately. The particulars of his loss we can't give you, but we are inform'd it is very great." [ Garden Club of Virginia Journal
, May-June 1983, p.8.
]; and see also Carter's letter
of May 26, 1729, to Captain John Hyde & Company.
This text, originally posted in 2005, was revised February 9, 2015, to strengthen the modern language version text.