Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to the Board of Trade and Plantations, August 4, 1726

     Robert Carter writes to the [Board of Trade and Plantations], August 4, 1726, to report that he has now had a meeting of the Council which has confirmed his position as acting governor, issued proclamations continuing all officers in their posts, and is sending the minutes of the previous Council and Assembly meetings together with copies of the laws passed.

Letter from Robert Carter to the [Board of Trade and Plantations], August 4, 1726

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August 4, 1726

My Lords

     Since my last of the 25th of July, wherein
I notifyed [Your Lordships of] the death of the late Governor Colo Drysdale,
I have had a Meeting of the Council, by whose concurring
advice, I have taken on me the administration of Government
as President.

      Such is the peaceable State of this Colony, that besides
the usual Proclamacions for continuing officers in their
several Trusts and Imployments, there was nothing of
moment necessary to be treated of in this last Council, for
which reason I forbear troubling Yor Lordps with a copy
of the Minutes: but finding the Duplicates of the Council
and Assembly Journals, and the Laws of last Session not yet
transmitted to Yor Lordps, I think it my duty to forward them
by this Conveyance: but without offering any Remarks on either,
since I am credibly informed that was done by the late Governr
sometime before his death together with the first copys of these
several Papers.

     I shal miss no opportunity to communicate to Yor
Lordps whatever shal occurr in the course of my administration
wch may be of Service to His Majesty, or necessary for the
knowledge of Yor Honble Board: at present I have only
to add that I am with the greatest respect

My Lords

Yor. Lordps

Most dutiful &

Most obedient humble Servant



Source copy consulted: CO5 1320, ff. 84, Public Record Office, London, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. This is the recipient's copy, signed by Carter with his usual large and prominent signature, indicated here by the use of bold italics.. It is endorsed: VIRGINIA | Letter from Mr Carter | President & Commander in Chief |of Virginia Dated Augst, 4th |1726 Signifying his having |taken upon him the Governmt |called the Council & continued |all Officers in their places |and transmitting Duplicates |of some papers sent with |Majr: Drysdales letter of 10th, |July last Recd Octor: 29th |Read Novr: 2 }1726 R:23.

[1] Established in 1696 as successor to a similar body, the Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations was "an advisory group, subordinate to king and Privy Council, and with no executive, financial, or penalizing powers, the Board of Trade was nevertheless able . . . to exert a far reaching and often determining influence in colonial matters. . . . It prepared the royal instructions for the governors overseas. . . ." ( Henry Hartwell, James Blair, and Edward Chilton. Hunter Dickinson Farish, ed. The Present State of Virginia, and the College. [First published, 1940, by Colonial Williamsburg, Inc., and reprinted Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1964.] pp. xvi-xvii. )

This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised September 26, 2011, to strengthen the modern language version text.