Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

   A Collection Transcribed
        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Alexander Spotswood , March 11, 1718

[Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia]

March 18, 1718

May it please your Honr

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     It being now the time that
the Governors of the College have
determined a yearly meeting for
the choice of a new Rector , I
think it my duty to acquaint
your Honour that I remain very
incapable of giving my attend
=ance at this time. My arm
continues very useless to me &
the least sudden motion racks
me with pain up to my shoul
=der-blade that I have been a
=fraid to mount a hourse ever
since I rec'd my hurt: so that
if the affairs of the College are
in any degree urgent for a meet
=ing I am very [. . .]

     please to think it pro
=per to choose another Rector in
my place [. . .] the Genl. Court

-2 -

with the help of the warm weather
and my friends coaches I hope to be
able to attend my duty there.

I am &c


[1] The nineteenth-century copyist mistakenly added "Wm. Gooch" to the heading of a letter obviously entered in the original letter book as addressed to the governor, then Spotswood, not Gooch.

[2] The trustees of the College of William and Mary elected a Rector from among their own number. RC first became a visitor of the College about 1716, and held the post of Rector for many years, from