CARROLL, Charles, of Carrollton (1737-1832), Signer (Maryland). Autograph letter signed ("Ch. Carroll of Carrollton"), to Daniel Carroll of Duddington; Doughoregan [Howard County, Maryland], 3 August 1795. 1 full page, 4to, closely written, integral address leaf in the writer's hand, postmarks, small seal tear. In excellent condition.
THE WEALTHIEST SIGNER SPECULATES IN REAL ESTATE. "Enclosed you have statements of the account between me & the Representatives of Ch. & Dan. Carroll: the former statement transmitted to Mr. Lee...was erroneous as you will see in comparing the present with the last...statement. The sum of £75 allowed Wm. Hammond & £175 allowed Dan. Carroll of Rock Creek for services by them rendered in discovering the property in Baltimore town I think them justly intitled to. Dan. Carroll was more than a month in Baltimore town at different times, in searching records, procuring copies & it was a fatiguing business, & without his assistance & labor the property would not have been found out."
"Col. Howard owes for the purchase he made of our title to some property in Balt. Town, w[hic]h he holds; the amount I do not know. Thompson's lot has been sold, but the true location of the tract having been altered by the verdict of a jury, the lawyers find it difficult to make the purchaser a deed for his land, and he will not pay, until he gets his deed. I request you to communicate to Messrs. D. Carroll of Rock Creek, & Lee the enclosed statements [not present] as also to your Aunt Digges, whom please to inform I am ready to pay to her, or to Mrs. Lee, when the right of the one, or the other to receive the money is settled...."
Carroll, the only Catholic among the Signers, proved an entrepreneurial and capable businessman, with diversified holdings in land, commodities, and early railroad lines. Despite the continuing demands of his far-flung investments, he spent years active in the tumult of politics on the state and national levels. He declined to serve in the Constitutional Convention, but worked to secure Maryland's ratification and remained politically active until 1804. Carroll was the last surviving Signer, dying in 1832.