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Letter from Robert Carter to Peter Leheup, July 24, 1727
Robert Carter writes to Peter Leheup, the colony's agent in London, July 24, 1727, to infoirm him that he is sending to the Board of Trade the naval officer's returns for the Accomac district which had not been sent with the earlier group of "Publick Papers" because the district lies across Chesapeake Bay. He also advises Leheup of the death of Edmund Jenings on July 5, 1727.
Letter from Robert Carter to Peter Leheup,
July 24, 1727
Rappahannock, [Lancaster County, Virginia]
July the 24th 1727
Peter Leheup Esqr.
Allow me to acquaint you that after Sending
away the above The public papers came to my hands and were
disptachd away to go by the last Fleet I am informed the packets were
put on board the Williamsburgh
All the Lists of the Entrys and Clearings
of ships for the last year were then Sent only the lists for Accomack
District which is Separated from the rest of the colony by the main Bay
which making it difficult for
the Officers there
as Exact in their returns as the rest
I now transmit them to their Lordships
As also advise of the Death
of Colonel Jenings
who department this life the 5th: Instant I am
Sir, Yor: most Obedient
humble Servant --
Source copy consulted:
Robert Carter Letter Book, 1727 April 13-1728 July 23, Carter Family Papers, Virginia Historical Society, Richmond.
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 abroad. The county and colony have been added for clarity to the heading on the draft.
 Peter Leheup, an English Treasury clerk, was Virginia's and other colonies' agent in England for some years. He was related by marriage to the Prime Minister's brother who was secretary of the Treasury. His influence would be greater near the end of Carter's life.(Price. Perry of London. . . .
pp. 75-77, 80, 83.
 Isham Randolph was captain of the Williamsburgh
in 1725-26. ( Admiralty 68/194, ff. 39v, found in the microfilms of the Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.
 Established in 1696 as successor to a similar body, the Lords Commissioners of Trade and Plantations was "an advisory group, subordinate to king and Privy Council, and with no executive, financial, or penalizing powers, the Board of Trade was nevertheless able . . . to exert a far reaching and often determining influence in colonial matters. . . . It prepared the royal instructions for the governors overseas. . . ." ( Henry Hartwell, James Blair, and Edward Chilton. Hunter Dickinson Farish, ed.
The Present State of Virginia, and the College.
[First published, 1940, by Colonial Williamsburg, Inc., and reprinted Charlottesville: University Press of Virginia, 1964.] pp. xvi-xvii.
 The Marlborough
was a vessel of 100 tons and 14 men, commanded by George Buckeridge (Buckbridge). In a letter to London merchant John Falconar 1727 July 24, Carter refers to this vessel as "your Marlborrough." ( Admiralty 68/195, abstracted in Survey Report 6801, Virginia Colonial Records Project, Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library, University of Virginia.