Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

   A Collection Transcribed
        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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August 20, 1705
Letter from Robert Carter to William Robinson, August 20, 1705

     Robert Carter advises William Robinson, ca. August 20, 1705, that the new governor, Edward Nott, has agreed to an election for members of the House of Burgesses, and that Robinson's Richmond County neighbor, John Tarpley, then the sherif, will probably work against Robinson's re-election. Carter adds that it will be necessary that complaints about former Governor Nicholson's administration, especially about the actions of the collector and of the Naval Officer of the Rappahannock, come from several counties, and that he sends two pages about Nicholson that have been copied from a book.

Letter from Robert Carter to William Robinson , [ca. August 20, 1705]

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[Rappahannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]

[ca. August 20, 1705]

Mr. William Robinson

     I Waited upon his Excellency Govr. Nott last week it was
then agreed that an assembly Should be held to meet the 23d of
October & writs for Choosing of burgesses Issued accordingly
tht you may be early upon your guard I thought it not
amiss to let you Know this, tht you may be upon your
to prevent the Designs of your Sheriff who I am
very apt to think will press his utmost Endeavors to keep you f [rom] being Elected.
we Labour under a great Many grievances that it will
be necessary to have come from Several Counties
. Should be glad I Knew how to talk with you I Mention
only one at present, that the trade of our River is very
much Injured by the unjust b[ehaviou]r of our Collector &
Naval officer in their offices, the former has
Exacted Such prodigious fees of a Small Craft that they
have in a Manner left us

     I here Send you two leaves, I have had Copied out of a
printed book, Concerning the behavior of Governor Nicholson
but there is wanting


Source copy consulted: Carter Papers, Swem Library, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia. RC wrote the draft of this portion of his letter on the inverted blank portion of the verso of the letter to him from St. John Shropshire, 1705 August 16. The draft is undated, but could not have been written earlier than when Shropshire's letter to him was written. The draft breaks off as RC ran out of space.

[1] Edward Nott (1657-1706) was governor only briefly as he took up his post in Virginia on August 15, 1705, and died August 23, 1706.

[2] John Tarpley was sheriff of Richmond County in 1705.

This text revised July 10, 2008.