Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to the Duke of Newcastle, January 5, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to the Duke of Newcastle, January 5, 1727, the Principal Secretary of State, to acknowledge receipt of letters from the King and from the Duke. He notes that ill health has prevented him from being in Williamsburg as often as he would have wished, but believes all necessary actions have been taken.

Letter from Robert Carter to the Duke of Newcastle, January 5, 1727

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[Lancaster County,] Virginia   
Jany: the 5th: 1725/7

Rt. honble Duke of New Castle Principal Secty of State

May it please yor: Grace -- --

     I think it my duty to acquaint yor: Grace wth: my
receipt of the honour of his Majesty's Sign Manual on the 15th of October
& I have now the honour of yor: Graces Letter of September date Signifying his
Majestys Satisfaction in my continuing for the present in the Admin
istration of the government a Sickly Indisposition I have been under
for the most part of this year which the winter has in some meas=
ure removed, has not allowed me to be so often or so long at the Seat of
the Government
as might otherwise have been Expected however am in
hopes nothing has been Omitted within the duty of my place for
his Majesty's Service or the good of the Colony I am with most
Dutiful respect --

My Lord
Yor: Graces
Most Obliged
Most Obedient
& most humble servant


Source copy consulted: CO5/CO5/1337, ff.95, 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.

[1] Thomas Pelham-Holles, the 1st Duke of Newcastle, was Secretary of State in the Walpole government; Richard L. Morton notes that the duke carried on a policy of "`saluatory neglect' of the colonies which lasted until the Seven Years' War." (Morton. Colonial Virginia. p. 506. )

[2] A "sign manual, according to the Oxford English Dictionary Online is "an autograph signature, esp. that of the sovereign, serving to authenticate a document." (OED Online. 9/29/2011)

[3] Williamsburg

This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised September 29, 2011, to add a footnote, and to strengthen the modern language version text.