Robert Carter writes to the lieutenant governor, AlexanderSpotswood, August 12, 1720, responding to his appointment as militiacommander for Lancaster and Northumberland counties, pointing out toSpotswood that many of those who are selected as subalterns will notaccept the commissions unless they know who their captains are to be,and further, because a number of them either cannot write or do so"very Indifferently," obtaining the lists of their men will be slowat best. He concludes that "I Shall do my best to follow Yor. honrs.Instrucs. according to there plainest meaning, & Study to approvemy Self."
I received Yor. Commission for the Command of
the Militia ofLancr. & Northumberland Countys last Night wth.
In puttingYor. Instructions into Due Execution, The greatest
Difficultywth. me at present Seems that Tis to bedoubted that
many of the properest men for theseSubaltern Commissions
will go neer to refuse unless they knewwho were to be
their Captn., and there are several of them that cant write or but
veryIndifferently, so that unless I repair to the former Superior
officers, The getting the men listed will be attended wth. agreat
Deal of Delay & not be well done at last, however
I Shall do my best to follow Yor.
to there plainest meaning, & Study to approve mySelf