Edmund Randolph to Virginia Delegates
Richmond August 2d. 1788
One Archibald Carrol, who was yesterday executed for murder, sent for our Acceptance the books, which will accompany this letter. We have been informed by report, that they were obtained by him, while acting as a British Sea officer, and that he perfidiously communicated them to the Americans during the War. We feel a repugnance to deposit them in the Archives of the Executive; the books, if genuine, having been put into our hands in time of peace, without authority.
We doubt, whether they be now of any consequence: and therefore request you to offer them or not to the British consul, or the secretary for foreign affairs as you may think best.1 I have the honor gentlemen to be with sincere respect yr. mo. ob. serv.
RC (PCC); FC (Executive Letter Book description begins Executive Letter Book, 1786–1788, manuscript in Virginia State Library. description ends ). RC addressed by a clerk and franked; in a clerk’s hand, except for the complimentary close and signature; docketed by a clerk of Congress. FC in a clerk’s hand. Enclosures not found,
1. The enclosed books were signal books and instructions for British ships of war. On Carrol, see CVSP description begins William P. Palmer et al., eds., Calendar of Virginia State Papers and Other Manuscripts (11 vols.; Richmond, 1875–93). description ends , IV, 466, 467; JCSV description begins H. R. McIlwaine et al., eds., Journals of the Council of the State of Virginia (4 vols. to date; Richmond, 1931—). description ends , IV, 260, 267; Va. Gazette and Weekly Advertiser, 7 Aug. 1788.