Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to the Militia Officers of the Northern Neck, September [30, 1729]

     Robert Carter writes to the militia officers of the Northern Neck, September [30, 1729], to remind them of their duty to hold general musters of the militia in their area.

Circular Letter from Robert Carter to the Militia Officers of the Northern Neck, September [30, 1729]

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Coorotoman, [Lancaster County, Virginia]



     I am not fond of giving you any Unnecess
ary trouble however as I have the honour [to] be your
County Lieut. I cannot but think it my duty at least to put
you in mind that as you are Commander of the Colo or Lieut Colo
Militia in your County residing there 'Tis incumbent Upon you to have
a general Muster as the Law in that Case requires leaving
the time and place to your option I am

                  your most humble Servt.

Lee Tayloe }
Mason }       } Colos

[ . . . ] Smith}
[ . . . ]           }Lieut Colos
[ . . . ]         }


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. This draft appears on the foot of a letter book page that bears above a letter dated August 27, 1729, and because this draft was to be the basis for several letters to be written during the month of September, as the clerk had time, it has been given a date at the end of the month.

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

[1] 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. . . . pp. 115-16. )

[2] George Mason III (c. 1690-1735), justice, sheriff, burgess, and county lieutenant of Stafford County, father of the constitutional theorist. (Copeland and MacMaster, The Five George Masons. pp. 50-86 ; and George Harrison Sanford King, The Register of Overwharton Parish Stafford County Virginia 1723-1758 And Sundry Historical and Genealogical Notes . [Fredericksburg, VA: privately printed, 1961.] )

This text, originally posted in 2005, was revised June18, 2015.