The Family of Early: Which Settled Upon the Eastern Shore of Virginia and Its Connection with Other Families

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Brown-Morrison, 1920 - 328 pages

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Page 2 - A lively desire of knowing and of recording our ancestors so generally prevails, that it must depend on the influence of some common principle in the minds of men. We seem to have lived in the persons of our forefathers; it is the labour and reward of vanity to extend the term of this ideal longevity. Our imagination is always active to enlarge the narrow circle in which Nature has confined us. Fifty or...
Page 117 - My telegram will have informed you that I deem a change of commanders in your department necessary, but it is due to your zealous and patriotic services that I should explain the reasons that prompted my action. The situation of affairs is such that we can neglect no means calculated to develop the resources we possess to the greatest extent, and make them as efficient as possible. To this end it is essential that we should have the cheerful and hearty support of the people and the full confidence...
Page 118 - Thanking you for the fidelity and energy with which you have always supported my efforts, and for the courage and devotion you have ever manifested in the service of the country, I am, very respectfully and truly, Your obedient servant, li.
Page 118 - Virginia. While my own confidence in your ability, zeal, and devotion to the cause is unimpaired, I have nevertheless felt that I could not oppose what seems to be the current of opinion without injustice to your reputation and injury to the service. I therefore felt constrained to...
Page 118 - ... efficient as possible. To this end, it is essential that we should have the cheerful and' hearty support of the people, and the full confidence of the soldiers, without which our efforts would be embarrassed and our means of resistance weakened. I have reluctantly arrived at the conclusion that you cannot command the united and willing cooperation which is so essential to success. Your reverses in the Valley, of which the public and the army judge chiefly by the results, have, I fear, impaired...
Page 2 - ... we fill up the silent vacancy that precedes our birth, by associating ourselves to the authors of our existence.
Page 255 - It was a parallelogram of thirty rods in length by twenty in breadth, forming an enclosure of nearly four acres, which was protected by digging a trench four or five feet deep, in which strong and heavy pickets were planted by ramming the earth well down against them. These were twelve feet out of the ground, being formed of hard, durable timber, at least a foot in diameter. Such a wall, it must be obvious, defied climbing or leaping, and indeed any means of attack, cannon excepted.
Page 3 - Those of the lowest rank among a great tribe traced and retained the whole line of their descent with the same care which in other nations was peculiar to the rich and great ; for, it was from his own genealogy each man of the tribe, poor as well as rich, held the charter of his civil state, his right of property...
Page 11 - A new county was thereby erected, which, uniting the old name of Derry with its new masters, the corporations and companies of London, is now called London-Derry.
Page 19 - The new county, whose boundaries "extended westward to the river beyond the mountains" -the Shenandoah-received the name Spotsylvania, in honor of Alexander Spotswood, Governor of the colony of Virginia. By the terms of the Act creating it, which became operative the first day of May, 1721, it was made one parish, called St. George. In the year 1730 this parish was divided into St. George's and St. Mark's. The latter parish, lying in the upper portion of the county, became, in the year 1734, the...

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