Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Peter Leheup, June 28, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to Peter Leheup, the colony's agent in England, June 28, 1727, to inform him that it appears that the copies of the minutes of the Council and the other "publick paprs:" will not reach Carter in time to be sent by the current fleet. He is sending a copy of the Council's resolution establishing the embargo in case there is discussion of it at home.

Letter from Robert Carter to Peter Leheup, June 28, 1727

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Peter Leheup Esqr.     Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]     
June the. 28th: 1727

Sir --

     The last trouble I gave you was of the 18th May
I left got home from Williamsburgh the 22d: Instant Mr. Robertson our Clerk promised
me to prepare the minuits of the Council and the other publick paprs:
and to Send them after me in time to be transmitted by this Fleet
what ever is the reason they are not yet come to my hands so that am
in doubt they must now lye till the next Fleet The Govermt thot:
it adviseable to lay an Embargo upon the Trade that the Ships might
depart in Fleets under the Convoy of Capt: Pearse of this Coast
perhaps this proceeding may Occasion some discourse I have therefore
thought it not amiss to Enclose to you a Copy of the order of Council
that you may be acquainted with the reasons of the Councils reso=
lution I am
Sir --

Yor: most Obedient
humble Servt: --

per Watkinson
Copy per Buckeridge


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.

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, especially to persons abroad. The county and colony have been added for clarity to the heading on the draft.

[1] Peter Leheup, an English Treasury clerk, was Virginia's and other colonies' agent in England for some years. He was related by marriage to the Prime Minister's brother who was secretary of the Treasury. His influence would be greater near the end of Carter's life.(Price. Perry of London. . . . pp. 75-77, 80, 83. )

[2] Captain Vincent Pearse was the commander of the Tartar, the British warship on station in the colony. (McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 4[1721-1739]:136. )

[3] Watkinson was captain of the Vine, a ship that may have been owned by Micajah Perry. (Carter to Pemberton , March 25, 1724.)

[4] The Marlborough was a vessel of 100 tons and 14 men, commanded by George Buckeridge (Buckbridge). ( Admiralty 68/195, abstracted in Survey Report 6801, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. )

This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised January 10, 2013..