Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to John Randolph, August 7, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to the colony's attorney general, John Randolph, August 7, 1727, to send him a copy (not present) of the latest letter from Sir Richard Everard, governor of North Carolina, which presumably concerned the trial of pirates captured in that colony that was to be held in Williamsburg, August 15, 1727.

Letter from Robert Carter to John Randolph, August 7, 1727

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Mr. Jno Randolph     [Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Augt the 7th 1727

Sr --

     Last night I reced an Express from the
Governour of North Carolina as you have undertaken to Act in
the behalf of Mr. Robertson in the Court of admiralty I think it
not amiss to send you a Copy of Sr Richards Letter the Same
day I writ to you I had the Opportunity of Sending a Summons
to Capt Morryson and intend to give Mr. Cockburne Notice
time Enough Stagg writes me last night he Saw Mr. Robertson
Yesterday morning that his fever had quite left him and the
Surgeons were in hopes of his doing well I am

              Sir --
                  Your most humble Servt --


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter letter book, 1727 May-1728 July, Robert Carter Papers (acc. no. 3807), Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.

The name of Carter's home, the county, and colony have been added for clarity to this unheaded draft.

[1] Sir Richard Everard (1683-1733) was the governor of the colony of North Carolina 1725-1731 when that colony was owned by lords proprietors. ("North Carolina Governors" in "North Carolina Encyclopedia" placed online by the State Library of North Carolina. [, 8/4/03] )

[2] Henry Morrison (Morryson) was a resident of Westmoreland County who was appointed a justice in 1732. (McIlwaine. Executive Journals of the Council. . . . , 4[1721-1739]:268. )

[3] This may hqve been Adam Cockburn, collector of the Rappahannock. In Carter's letter of July 24, 1727, to Sir Richard Everard, governor of North Carolina, he notes that "chief Justice and the Collrs: are named Judges in the Commission." (Louis des Cognets, Jr. . English Duplicates of Lost Virginia Records. [Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company; 2008, reprint of the original 1958 edition], p. 30. )

This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised October 28, 2013, to strengthen the modern language version text.