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ALEXANDER SPOTSWOOD PAPERS, 1646-1830

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Virginia Heritage Finding Aid

Personal correspondence of Alexander Spotswood (1676-1740), lieutenant in the British Army, and later lieutenant governor of Virginia, 1710-1722. The bulk of the correspondence is between Spotswood and his cousin, John Spotswood (1666-1728) of Edinburgh, concerning the Spotswood family, the lieutenant governor's character, his career in the British army and ambitions before becoming lieutenant governor, together with descriptions of political and social conditions in Virginia. These letters are some of the few known sources of information concerning Spotswood's early life.

Included in the correspondence is a copy of a 1646 letter from Sir Robert Spotswood (1596- 1646) to his children stating their names and dates of birth; also, a January 4, 1646 letter from Sir Robert Spotswood to the Laird of Bogir and Mr. Robert Berrsay; a 1744 letter, from the Rev. Robert Rose, a close friend of the governor's and later one of his executors, to Andrew Anderson containing a biographical sketch of Spotswood; a rough draft of a 1746 letter from John Spotswood, Jr., to Rose, with a genealogy of the Spotswood family; and an 1830 British army commission to Maj. George Spotswood. Most of the letters have been published. See Lester J. Cappon, ed., "Correspondence of Alexander Spotswood with John Spotswood of Edinburgh," Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, LX (1952), pp. 211-240.

Microfilm (M-1555) and transcript (TR/79) copies available.


INVENTORY

Folder 1

4 January 1646 Letter. St. Andrews, Robert Spotswood to the Laird of Bogir and Mr. Robert Berrlay.
20 April 1696

Letter. Sudbury, Alexander Spotswood to cousin John Spotswood.

17 May 1696

Letter. Sudbury, Alexander Spotswood to John Spotswood.

24 August 1696

Letter. Sudbury, Alexander Spotswood to John Spotswood.

2 November 1696

Letter. Sudbury, Alexander Spotswood to John Spotswood.

1696

Letter. John Spotswood to "the Generall" [Alexander Spotswood]. Copied by John Spotswood II [1711- ].

25 May 1698 Letter. Westminster, Katherine Mercer to nephew John Spotswood, Edinburgh.
4 July 1698 Letter. Colchester, A[lexander] Spotswood to John Spotswood, Edinburgh.
15 March 1703/4 Letter. London, A[lexander] Spotswood to John Spotswood, Edinburgh, re departure for Holland under Marlborough.

Folder 2

30 January 1705

Letters. John Spotswood to aunt Mrs. Mercer, together with another to John Spotswood re wounds.

17 April 1705

Letter. London, Alexander Spotswood to [John Spotswood].

25 February 1705/6

Letter. London, A[lex] Spotswood to John Spotswood, Edinburgh.

14 March 1705/6

Letter. London, A[lex] Spotswood to John Spotswood, Edinburgh.

12 January 1706

Letter. [John Spotswood to Alexander Spotswood.] Copy.

26 February 1709

Letter. [John Spotswood to Alexander Spotswood.]

10 December 1709 Letter. London, William Elliot to John Spotswood, Edinburgh.
24 December 1709 Letter. London, Alexander Spotswood to John Spotswood, Edinburgh.
14 March 1709/10 Letter. London, Alexander Spotswood to John Spotswood, Edinburgh, re appointment as lieutenant-governor of Virginia.

Folder 3

17 August 1710

Letter. Williamsburg, Alexander Spotswood to John Spotswood, Edinburgh.

20 March 1710/11 Letter. Virginia, Alexander Spotswood to John Spotswood, Edinburgh.
November 1711 Letter. John Spotswood to Alexander Spotswood.
1717

Letter. John Spotswood to Mr. Robertson, Secretary to Colonel Spotswood (on verso of above letter).

1 August 1712

Letter. Virginia, Alexander Spotswood to John Spotswood, Edinburgh.

4 October 1712

Letter. Edinburgh, [John] Spottiswoode to [Alexander Spotswood] introducing Andrew Thompson.

20 July 1714 Letter. Virginia, Alexander Spotswood to J. Spotiswood, Edinburgh, re Archibald Blair.
May 1717 Letter. [John Spotswood, Edinburgh] to Alexander Spotswood re John Brown.
[1717?] Letter. [John Spotswood] to Alexander Spootswood.
3 September 1718 Letter. Virginia, Alexander Spotswood to John Spotswood, Edinburgh.
6 August 1720 Letter. Virginia, William Robertson to [John Spotswood].
[29 November 1722] Letter. [John Spotswood to Alexander Spotswood].

Folder 4

12 July 1723

Letter. Virginia, Alexander Spotswood, Spotsylvania Co., VA, to John Spotswood, Edinburgh.

21 December 1724

Letter. London, Alexander Spotswood to John Spotswood, Edinburgh.

1740

Letter. Edinburgh, [John Spotswood] to Alexander Spotswood, VA.

25 July 1743

Letter. [Reverend] Robert Rose, [VA], to Andrew Anderson re Gov. Spotswood’s life.

25 July 1743

Letter. [Reverend] Robert Rose, [VA], to Andrew Anderson [copy of above].

29 September 1743

Letter. Edin[bu]r[gh], John Anderson to John Spotswood, Spotswood.

20 March 1743/4

Letter. Edinb[u]r[gh], [John Spotswood] to Robert Rose, Virginia. Copy.

20 May 1744 Letter. Rappa[hannock] River, Virginia, Robert Rose to John Spotiswood, Edinburgh.
12 February 1744/5 Letter. Spotiswoode, [John Spotswood] to the Reverend Robert Rose, Virginia. Copy.
1646 Enclosure. Sir Robert Spotiswoode to his children. With a list of their births. Copy.

Folder 5

2 December 1745

Letter. Essex County, Rappahanock River, Robert Rose to [John Spotswood, Edinburgh], mentions Katherine marries Bernard Moore.

1745 "The within Inscription written by George Fraser in the Excise Office upon Spottiswoode Practiques w[hi]ch I sent to Virginia by Jos. Nasmith. See my letters relative unto addressed to the Reverend Mr. Robert Rose Minister of the Gospel in Virginia dated _____1745." Inscription in Latin.
29 September 1747 Letter. New Abbey, [John Spotswood] to [Robert Rose].
6 June 1763 Letter. Alexander Spotiswood (Governor's grandchild) to John Spotiswood, Edinburgh.
26 June 1764 Letter. London, Alexander Spotswood (Governor's grandchild) to John Spotswood, Edinburgh.
29 May 1773 Letter. Spottiswoode House, [John Spotswood] to Alexander Spotswood, Virginia.
6 January 1774 Printed history of Spotswood lands and summons to appear before the Lords of Council and Session at Edinburgh.
17 September 1801 Letter. Clapham, S. Spottiswoode and R. Fanny Spottiswoode to J[ohn] Spottiswoode.
1 December 1830 Commission of Major General George Spottiswoode to be Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army. PFWMI.