Robert King Carter's Correspondence and Diary

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   by Edmund Berkeley, Jr.

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Letter from Robert Carter to the Governor [William Gooch], February 10, 1728

     Robert Carter writes to the Governor [William Gooch], February 10, 1728, to explain that gout and eye problems will prevent his coming to Williamsburg for the meeting of the Assembly.

Letter from Robert Carter to the Governor [William Gooch ], February 10, 1728

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Coroto [ma] n: [Lancaster County, Virginia]     
Feby: the 10th: 1727/8

To the Govr:

May it please your Honr: --

     Last week I flattered my Self according to the
usual Course of the Gout by this Time to have been in a Condition to ad=
venture to Town but whether through the Occasion the [sic ] Sharp weather
or that the distemper has taken a deeper hold of me my feet are more
Swelled my lameness greater and my pain more Continual, then they
were ten days ago and as an Additional Affliction the defluxion of my
Eyes Still follows me I Should not give your honour the trouble Entertainment of so
full a Story were it not my duty to Excuse my Absence from the Assem

     I heartily wish your honor happy in a good Agreement
with our representatives Suitable to the great End of Calling them to=
gether I am with great truth all Dutiiful respect

     Corotm: Feby: the 10th: 1727/8

                  Yor: Honours
                    Most Obedient
                      Obliged & most
                        Humble Servant


Source copy consulted: Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.

The county and colony have been added for clarity to this draft's address line, located at the foot of the text.

[1] Williamsburg

[2] The flow or discharge accompanying a cold or inflammation; a running at the nose or eyes; catarrh. ( Oxford English Dictionary Online . Oxford University Press. )

This text, originally posted in 2004, was revised September 4, 2014, to add footnotes and strengthen the modern language version text.