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 William Robertson, September 6, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to clerk of the council William Robertson, September 6, 1727, to say that while all the news indicates Geoirge I has died, nothing can be done until official notification is received, and the new governor may bring it.

Letter from Robert Carter to William Robertson, September 6, 1727

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Mr. Wm. Robertson     [Corotoman, Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Sepr: the. 6th: 1727

Sir --

     Yors: of the 4th: came to me last night at 8 a Clock
there Seems to remain no more room to doubt the Kings Death
the news of the Kings Death being true however as you Observe
I think I can take no notice of it till I have publick directions
from Whitehall but what way that is to To me is uncertain
it Seems probable our Govr. is at hand and will bring it himself
till such notification Arrives I beleive it will be everybodys Opinion
all process's must Continue in the Same Channell it is,

     I need not awaken you to your Duty in hurrying
away to me any Publick packets that Shall come to your hand
the Swelling of my Ankle is not yet so much gon to let me wear a
Shooe I am

Yor. most humble Servt.

You will take care to make all prepar-
ations you can for proclaiming the Present
King when Orders Arrive


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond. There is a 19th-century transcript of the letter in the Minor-Blackford Papers, James Monroe Law Office and Museum, Fredericksburg, Virginia.

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

[1] King George I (1660-1727) who reigned 1714-1727. ( "George I." )

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised May 13, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.