Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Benedict Leonard Calvert, September 21, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to Benedict Leonard Calvert, September 21, 1727, to inform him that William Gooch has arrived in Virginia and assumed his post as governor, and that Calvert's "packet" has been sent on to Gooch.

Letter from Robert Carter to Benedict Leonard Calvert, September 21, 1727

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To his Excellency Bendt: Leond. Calvart
Govr. and Commr. in Cheif of the       Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Sepr. the 21st. 1727

Province of Maryland

Sir --

     The honr: of your Letter of the 22d: Ultimo relating to Thacker
came to my hands yesterday at four a Clock in the Afternoon, Our
Govr: Gooch Arrived at Williamsburgh the 8th: Instant Publishd his
Commission the 11th: and proclaimd King George the Second the Same day
which put an End to my Administration I Shall think it my
Duty forthwith by Express to Send away your Excellencys packet
to our Govr: and having an Opportunity to Patowmack river

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beleive it to be necessary to let your Excellency know the part I
have Acted in it, what proceedings our Gor: may take in the Affair
I cannot determine I heartily wish your Excellency happy in
your Govermt. and am

Sir --
              Yor: Excellencys
                Most Obedient
                    & most Oblidged
                      Humble Servt.


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.

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 outside Virginia. The county and colony have been added for clarity to the heading on the draft.

[1] Benedict Leonard Calvert (1700-1732) was governor, 1727-1731, of the colony of Maryland. ( "Maryland at a Glance. Historical Chronology, 1700-1799." Posted on the web by the Maryland State Archives. )

[2] Richard Thacker of Virginia had accused Maryland residents of having robbed him. See Calvert's letter to Carter August 22, 1727 .

[3] King George II (1683-1760) reigned from 1727 until 1760. ( George II [r. 1727-1760] "The Official Website of the British Monarchy. " )

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