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Having read the introduction and first chapter, I find the book very readable and full of information. I can't say anything about the usefulness of information, but the author seems to take care in pointing out where 'traditional stories' are the basis of his writing.
Chapter 2 lays shows how representative government sprouted naturally in Virginia soon after the colony attained a sustainable size, in the 1620's.
The account on page 199 attributed to Kercheval, of Captain Samuel Teter, was written by Teter's nephew Joseph Doddridge in 1824, "Notes on the Settlement and Indian Wars" which is also available here in digitized form (2nd and 3rd editions). Kercheval inadequately credited Doddridge in his 1833 work "A History of the Valley of Virginia" which is also available here, digitized from later editions.