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Letter from Robert Carter to [Lieutenant Governor AlexanderSpotswood], October 5, 1720
Robert Carter writes to the colony's governor, AlexanderSpotswood, October 5, 1720, to send "my returns of the Militia Inthis County & Northumberld." of which he is the commander. Hegives some details, and notes some difficulties with the assignmentsin Northumberland, suggesting some changes for Spotswood'sconsideration, and that they might discuss the situation when Cartercomes to the General Court meeting.
Letter from Robert Carter to [Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood],
October 5, 1720
[Lieutenant Governor Alexander Spotswood]
May It please Your Honor
This accompanies my returns ofthe Militia
In this County& Northumberland in which I have endea=
= voured as nearas I could to follow Your Honors'
this County falls Naturally enough into twoCan tons
each affording a suitable number for
a Troop & Foote [sic] Company
Northumberland does not happenso well,Wico=
=comoco Canton is large enough to make two Comps
of Foot & but one Troop.Fairfields the Same
toDivide these into more Cantons there would
not be persons of ability to make a Troop in any
of them,If Your Honor would think It proper to
order two Compas. of foot in each of these Can=
= tons they might be well enough distinguished by
[ . . .] upper & Lower
any Method that Honorable Sir.
Your Honr. Shall [choose] to direct Shall be sattisfactory [sic]
to me whoam
Your Honors' most obedt.
& most humbleServant
I have two Lieuts. Commissions
left one for the horse the other
for the foot.
I am not very well acquainted with the Gent. of the
upper parts of Northumberland County. Have the
return of their names from Collo. Hack.
If Your Honor bepleased
to think It c fitt
filling up the Commissions till I wait upon You
at the General Court I shall
self who may be the properest persons to have them.
Source copy consulted:
Robert CarterLetter Book, 1720 July-1721 July, BR 227, Huntington Library, ArtCollections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino, California. Printed:Wright. Letters of Robert Carter. . ..
Robert Carter generally used a return address of"Rappahannock" for the river on which he lived rather than"Corotoman," the name of his home, on his correspondence, especiallyto merchants abroad. The colony and state have been added forclarity.
 Alexander Spotswood (1646-1740) was the residentlieutenant governor from 1710 to 1722.
 Peter Hack (ca.
1690-1717)was sheriff of Northumberland County in 1716 and 1717. (Dates from "Person Page 504," from M. K. Miles, compiler,
"The Miles Files, Version 7.0, Sep2007," [online at http://www.ghotes.net/milesfiles7/p504.htm,2/17/2009]
and McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . .
, 3[1705-1721]: 425, 448.
Other information about Hack may befound in "Tithables of Lancaster County, 1654," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography,
an online Google book.)
Carter must have received the information about theNorthumberland militia from Peter Hack after he (Carter) was appointed militia commander of Lancaster andNorthumberland counties in 1715 since Hack had died several years before this letter was written. (McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . .
, 3[1705-1721]: 419.
This text revised February 17,2009.