Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

   A Collection Transcribed
        and Digitized
   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Captain Slaughter, August 9, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to Royal Navy Captain Slaughter, August 9, 1727, to send him a letter from the colony's soon-to-arrive governor, Sir William Gooch, giving Slaughter directions for the ship he commands.

Letter from Robert Carter to Captain Slaughter, August 9, 1727

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Capt: Slaughter --      Rappa [hannock, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Augst: the 9th: 1727

Sir --

     About Eight o'Clock this morning I received the Enclosed
Letter to Captain Pearse which I think most proper forthwith to Expedite dispatch
to you by Express believing it will be in your Power to give it the quick
est dispatch to him that you may know the Contents of it I send you the
Copy of a Letter that it came to me Enclosed in what measures you
will please to take with his Majestys Ship under yor Command to
answer our Governor's desire I must leave to your Considerations who

              Sir --
                  Yor: most humble Servant


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.

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 from outside the colony. The county and colony have been added for clarity.

[1] 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. )

This text, originally posted in 2003, was revised November 1, 2013..