Patrician and Plebeian in Virginia: Or, The Origin and Development of the Social Classes of the Old Dominion

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Michie Company, 1910 - Virginia - 239 pages
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Page 177 - Thus they loiter away their Lives, like Solomon's Sluggard, with their Arms across, and at the Winding up of the Year Scarcely have Bread to Eat.
Page 177 - Air; tho' if it happens to be never so little cold, they quickly return Shivering into the Chimney corner. When the weather is mild, they stand leaning with both their arms upon the cornfield fence, and gravely consider whether they had best go and take a Small Heat at the Hough; but generally find reasons to put it off till another time.
Page 46 - A Plain and Friendly Perswasive to the Inhabitants of Virginia and Maryland for promoting Towns and Cohabitation.
Page 197 - I thank God there are no free schools nor printing, and I hope we shall not have, these hundred years, for learning has brought disobedience and heresies and sects into the world, and printing has divulged them and libels against the best government. God keep us from both...
Page 130 - Room, and after the Scholars had their Lesson singly round Mr. Christian, very politely, requested me to step a Minuet ; I excused myself, however, but signified my peculiar pleasure in the accuracy of their performance. There were several Minuets danced with great ease and propriety ; after which the whole company joined in...
Page 50 - Thus my father had among his slaves carpenters, coopers, sawyers, blacksmiths, tanners, curriers, shoemakers, spinners, weavers and knitters, and even a distiller. His woods furnished timber and plank for the carpenters and coopers, and charcoal for the blacksmith; his cattle, killed for his own consumption and for sale, supplied skins for the tanners, curriers, and shoemakers, and his sheep gave wool and his fields produced cotton and flax for the weavers and spinners, and his orchards fruit for...
Page 168 - Wee watched every three nights, lying on the bare cold ground, what weather soever came, [and] warded all the next day, which brought our men to bee most feeble wretches. Our food was but a small Can of Barlie...
Page 14 - This country wants nothing but to be peopled with a well-born race to make it one of the best colonies in the world.
Page 131 - Dinner, which came in at half after four. The Ladies dined first, when some Good order was preserved; when they rose, each nimblest Fellow dined first— The Dinner was as elegant as could be well expected when so great an Assembly were to be kept for so long a time.— For Drink, there was several sorts of Wine, good Lemon Punch, Toddy, Cyder, Porter &c.— About Seven the Ladies & Gentlemen begun to dance in the Ball-Room— first Minuets one Round; Second Giggs; third Reels; And last of All Country-Dances;...
Page 177 - The Men, for their Parts, just like the '"Indians, impose all the Work upon the poor Women. They make their Wives rise out of their Beds early in the Morning, at the same time that they lye and Snore, till the Sun has run one third of his course, and >disperst all the unwholesome Damps. Then, after Stretching and Yawning for half an Hour, they light their Pipes, and, under the Protection of a cloud of Smoak, venture out into the open Air; tho...

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