Round about Jamestown: Historical Sketches of the Lower Virginia Peninsula

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1907 - James River Valley (Va.) - 104 pages
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The lower Virginia peninsula covers the counties of James City and York and the independent cities of Hampton, Williamsburg, and Newport News.

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Page 47 - Kent — he was collector of ye customs in ye lower district of James River, and went voluntarily on board ye king's ship Shoreham, in pursuit of a pyrate who greatly infested this coast — after he had behaved himself 7 hours with undaunted courage, was killed with a small shot, ye 29 day of April, 1700. In the engagement he stood next the governor upon the quarter deck, and was here honorably interred by his order.
Page 19 - Roads, one of the most beautiful sheets of water in the world, and see that it is formed by three rivers — the James coming in from the west, the Nansemond from the south, and the Elizabeth from the east. To the north is Old Point Comfort protected by the guns of Fort Monroe, and midway between this and the Exposition grounds is the Rip Raps, or Fort Wool, an artificial island whose history is given in the following chapter.
Page 81 - ... horse trough served as the family wash-basin. But after it became the capital conditions improved rapidly, substantial houses appeared, and silver as well as pewter began to shine on polished mahogany sideboards. Even, before this the colonists, most of whom were not in sympathy with Governor Berkeley when he "thanked God there were no free schools in Virginia and hoped there would be none for a hundred years," had begun to plan seriously for some opportunity for higher education if only that...
Page 99 - The fireplace is wide enough to roast an ox, and there is grave suspicion that it has served to roast other cattle— Payanketank rebels and the like. All this land about here was a part of the old Page estate, Rosewell.
Page 85 - Virginia lutions, i769. legislature assembled at Williamsburgh. Among its members were Patrick Henry, Washington, and Jefferson. The assembly condemned the Townshend acts, asserted that the people of Virginia could be taxed only by their own representatives, declared that it was both lawful and expedient for all the colonies to join in a protest against any violation of the rights of Americans, and especially warned the king of the dangers that might ensue if any American citizen were to be carried...
Page 85 - Henry was one of those who, when the assembly was dissolved by Lord Botetourt and again when it was disbanded by Lord Dunmore, retired to the Apollo Room of the Raleigh Tavern, the last time passing those resolutions which resulted in the assembling of the First Continental Congress. The Apollo Room of the Raleigh probably witnessed "more scenes of brilliant festivity and political excitement than any other single apartment in North America ". Little Williamsburg was the birthplace of the Revolution.
Page 40 - Every person must go to church on Sundays and Holidays or "lay neck and heels on the corps de garde ye night following and be a slave ye week following." For a second offense, he was to be a slave for a month; and for the third, for a year and a day. The Governor was so pleased with the effect of his laws touching slavery to the colony that he introduced a few slaves on his own account, and the ship which in 1619 first introduced negro slaves into the colony, and has generally been called a "Dutch...
Page 53 - the earliest exponent of the idea that the only good Indian is a dead Indian." Stockton had warned the settlers of the impending massacre of 1622, and it was possibly while suffering from the panic of the times that he advanced the famous idea, for otherwise, from all accounts, he was a godly and humane man At this time, 1623, there lived within the bounds of the parish...
Page 100 - When we got home we laid the foundations of two large cities — one at Shacco's to be called Richmond and the other at the Point of Appamattucks River to be named Petersburg." The invitation to all people to come to Richmond to live was published in the first Colonial newspaper, the Virginia Gazette, established in 1736. It was settled almost wholly by Scotch or Irish merchants, and nothing of importance...
Page 32 - XX. field, planted with the same grain, three hundred years afterwards by the modern Virginian farmer. There would be some difference in the height of many of the stalks on account of the rule which the Indians followed of planting their maize in relays, with a view of obtaining a continuous supply of roasting ears during the summer and early autumn, but in other particulars the aspect...

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