Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to the Board of Trade, July 24, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to the Board of Trade, July 24, 1727, to cover the naval officer's returns (not present) for the Accomack District for the last year, and to inform the members of the death of Edmund Jenings on July 5, 1727.

Letter from Robert Carter to the Board of Trade, July 24, 1727

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My Lords --      Virginia
July the 24th: 1727

     I had the honr: to write to yor: Lordps on the 29th of last
Month when I transmitted all the publick papers to that Time Since
are come to my hands the lists of the Entrings and Clearings of all
Ships and Vessells for the last year in the District of Accomack End
ed at Midsummer which I here Enclose --

     Little alteration hath happend in the Governmt. Since
Colonel Jennings departed this life the 5th: Instant which I think my
Duty to advise Yor. Lordps of I am
          My Lords
              Yor: Lordships
                  Most Obedient
                      Humble Servt. --
                          ROBERT CARTER


Source copy consulted: This is the recipient's copy signed by Carter (indicated in the text by the use of bold italics). It is endorsed "Read 11th Sepr. | Read 28 Dec }1727." CO5/1320, ff. 172, Public Records Office, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia. The draft of the letter, marked "per Buckeridge," is in Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.

[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 May 17, 2013, to strengthen the modern language version text.