Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Lt. Gov. Hugh Drysdale, April 6, 1724

     Robert Carter writes to Lt. Gov. Hugh Drysdale, April 6, 1724, to solicit the post of collector of customs for Potomac River for his friend George Eskridge, created by the recent death of Daniel McCarty.

Letter from Robert Carter to Lt. Gov. Hugh Drysdale, April 6, 1724

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Coorot [oman, Lancaster County, Virginia]
Aprill the 6th: 17234 [sic ] --

May it please Your Honor -- --

     I humbly presume to give your Honor the
trouble of this with the Intelligence of the Death of Captain MCarty
on Saturday night last whereby the collector's place of Potomac will want
a Speedy Supply of another Officer for the Kings Service, Captain
George Eskridge who lives very convenient who has a large
family of Children and whom you Honor is already well --
Acquainted with in respect of the long friendship between us
has pressed me to become his Solicitor to your Honor for your favour
to him that he may Succeed to this place If you are pleased to think
it proper to commission him I believe I may reckon my Interes [t]
strong Enough at home to fix him with the Commissioners of th [e]
Customs, I Shall not leave it entirely to your Honor's pleasu[ ... ] [re]
and only add that if you Honor shall please to Confer bestow the
favour on my friend Eskridge I shall think myself [ ... ] [much]
Obliged thereby from Sir who am

Your Honor's most Obedient most [ ... ] [humble servant]


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter letter book, 1723 June 16-1724 April 23, Robert Carter Papers (acc. no. 3807), Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

Carter edited this draft, inserting a number of words in his hand as is indicated by the use of italics in the text.

There is no indication in the minutes of the Council that Eskridge was given the post that Carter sought for him. (McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 4[1721-1739]. )

This text, originally posted in 2002, was revised August 22, 2011, to strengthen the modern language version text.