Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to Lieutenant Governor William Gooch, September 21, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to Lieutenant Governor William Gooch, September 21, 1727, to cover a letter from the governor of Maryland (not present) concerning a robbery in Virginia committed by Maryland residents.

Letter from Robert Carter to Lieutenant Governor William Gooch, September 21, 1727

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To the honble: Wm: Gooch Esqr.
his Majtys. Leiut. Govr. & Comndr.
in Cheif of the Colony & Dominion               Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]
of Virginia    
Sepr. the 21st: 1727

May it please your Honr. --

     Yesterday in the Afternoon the Enclosed
Packet from the Governor of Maryland in its worn Condition
came to my hands Yesterday at four a Clock in the Afternoon
relating to a robbery Committed in this government . by Some
Inhabitants of Maryland I thought it my Duty to Send it by
Express to your honour Mr. Randolph the Kings Attorney was
advised with upon this Affair and directed the process he is ac
quainted with the Case what Determination you will please to
come to upon it I must Submit to your Determination I am
with all Dutiful respects Sir

              Your Honours
                  Most Obedient
                     And Obliged
                      and most Humble Servant


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 merchants abroad. 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. )

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