Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to [Militia Officers of the Northern Neck], September 16, 1723

     Robert Carter writes to the Militia Officers of the Northern Neck, September 16, 1723, sending them a copy (not present) of Governor Hugh Drysdale's order putting into execution the recent law concerning the colony's milita. As he has been appointed the colonel of the milita in the Northern Neck, he orders them to comply with the order and to send him lists of the militia under their commands.

Letter from Robert Carter to [Militia Officers of the Northern Neck], September 16, 1723

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Lanc [aste] r County [Virginia]

7br: ye 16th: 1723 --


     The Governour having been pleased to honour
me with his commission Appointing me to be Colonel and --
Lieutenant of the several counties of the Northern Neck and hav
ing lately sent me his orders forthwith to cause the late
Law for the Regulation of the Militia forthwith to be --
put in Execution, I do therefore herewith transmitt send to you a Copy
of the said Order hereby giving you directions with the great
est Expedition to comply with the same in all its parts
and to return to me Lists of all the Militia under your
Command According to the enclosed Scheme and to the
Directions of the [illegible]fo (which I also received from the Gover
our) to the end [illegible] I may be enabled to transmit the same to the
Governour in Obedience to his Directions Precept, I am, Sir.

Your most humble Servt:


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1723 July 4-1724 June 11, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. There is a 19th-century copy of the letter in the Minor-Blackford Papers, James Monroe Law Office and Museum, Fredericksburg, Virginia. The 19th-century copyist mis-read the month as "Feby" rather than "7br."

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. The name of the colony has been added for clarity to the heading on the draft.

Words and letters in italics in the text were changes written by Carter into his clerk's draft of the letter.