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Alexander Spotswood Her Majestys Lieutenant Governor and Commander in Chief of the Colony and Dominion of Virginia To James Blair Esqr Greeting WHEREAS William Blathwayt Esqr Surveyor and Auditor of her Majestys Revenues arising in America did by Commission under his hand and Seal bearing date the Fourth day of October 1711 nominate Constitute & appoint Philip Ludwell Esqr to be Deputy and under officer to inspect examine Platt and audite all accompts [accounts] of all Rents Revenues prizes Funds Escheats Seizures, Forfeitures Dutys and profites whatsoever arising & growing due to Her Majesty within this Colony and Dominion of Virginia to have & enjoy the said Office so long the said William Blathwayt should please & think fitt AND whereas the said Philip Ludwell is lately departed out of this Colony for Great Britain where his affairs may require his abode for some time, whereby the sd office of Deputy Auditor of her Majestys Revenues is during his absence become Vacant and is being necessary for her Majestys Service that ye same be speedily supply'd: Therefore reposing special Trust and confidence in your loyalty prudence and fidelity DO by virtue of the authority to me granted by her Majesty hereby Constitute and appoint You to execute the sd Trust and office of Deputy Auditor of her Majestys Revenues And to inspect examine and state and audit the amounts of all Rents dutys and profites arising or falling due unto her Majesty within this her Colony & Dominion TO HAVE HOLD and enjoy the said office and Trust untill the arrival in this Colony of the sd Philip Ludwell [or] some other person duly constituted & appointed to execute the same. And you are hereby directed during your continuance in that office to observe the Rules and directions mentioned ni [in] the afore [cited?] Commission to Philip Ludwell Esqr and all other Instructions given by the said William Blathwayt for the better management of the sd Trust And for so doing this shal be your Warrant GIVEN under my hand and the seal of the Colony this thirty first day of July 1713 in the Twelfth year of her Majestys Reign [signed] A Spotswood