Re: John Carter and Hannah Chew; and Bailey Carter
Joseph, I live about 100 miles from Richmond and within a couple of weeks (hopefully) I am going down to check out both of these documents at the archives.
I have a problem - with what I have seen - of this document of Joseph Carter's that bears a seal.
If you look closely of the picture of the document and seal in Dr. Miller's book, you will see that there is a document, and there is a seal.BUT THE DOCUMENT DOES NOT APPEAR TO BEAR A SEAL.
In other words, it looks like a seal - the metal 'stamp' if you will - has been placed on the document, and both photographed together.
But the document does not look like it bears a seal.Seals were placed on the document in two ways in those days - it was actually sealed with wax, which was a little sloppy and not perfectly round (see the potruding metal stamp it is perfectly round and looks like the stamp, not the result of a seal), or, the seal was attached by twine to the document.
This documment looks like neither.IF - a big if - there is the document and it doesn't bear a seal, but the exhibit contains a metal stamp, or seal, then it is a big difference.