Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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Letter from Robert Carter to Lieutenant Governor William Gooch, September 26, 1727

     Robert Carter writes to Lieutenant Governor William Gooch, September 26, 1727, to inform him that his letter to the governor of Maryland was immediately sent on to Colonel Lee, and complimenting the Governor in avoiding capture by a Spanish privateer.

Letter from Robert Carter to Lieutenant Governor William Gooch, September 26, 1727

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Corotoman, [Lancaster County, Virginia]

Sepr. 26th: 1727

To the Govr:
May it Please your Honr: --

Sir --

     Your Hoonor's Express for the Governor
of Maryland did not Stay two minutes with me a liver
at Colonel Lee's was Just gone from my house by whom I dispatched it away
The news of the Spanish Privateer doing So much damage
on our Coast, As it was the blessing of Heaven to preserve
your honor from the danger, so I hope the care we took in
laying Embargoes upon the Fleets our Ships will meet with
favour Commend able Interpretation, That your Honor and Family
may always be happy in your Governjment None Shall more
heartily Contribute to in the narrow Limits of my Sphere
as in Duty I am bound then

                  Your Honor's
                    Most Obedient
                      Obliged & most
                        Humble Servant

September 26th 1727


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

[1] Thomas Lee (1690-1750) of Westmoreland County was the son of Richard Lee II, and nephew of Edmund Jenings; he would build "Stratford," and succeed Carter on the Council. For a good article on Thomas Lee, see "Founder of a Virginia Dynasty" by Jeanne A. Calhoun on Stratford plantation's website. ( Burton J. Hendrick. The Lees of Virginia: Biography of a Family. [Boston: Little Brown, 1935]. pp. 48, 51, etc. )

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