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Randolph, Edward to William Blathwayt

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC05758.01 Author/Creator: Randolph, Edward Place Written: Charles Town, South Carolina Type: Letter signed Date: 22 March 1699 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Reports that Cutler, an adventurer, is in Charleston seeking information on mines of precious metals in the province. Cutler claims he has a commission from the king to search for mines, but Randolph doubts that Cutler has a commission and that there are such mines. Encloses a letter from James Moore giving his thoughts about precious metals in the province. At the time this letter was written, Randolph was Surveyor General of His Majesty's Customs in America and Blathwayt was Surveyor and Auditor General of Royal Revenue in the Colonies.

People: Edmund Randolph

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Keywords/Subjects: Frontiers and Exploration, Mining, Geography and Natural History

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