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William Byrd II was a rich white guy who owned a bunch of land in Virginia when it was a colony. He had plantations and ships and lots of people working for him, and he had lots of different offices in the colonial government. Unlike the rest of his peers, he's famous today because he wrote a lot, including a diary of his daily life, some of which has survived to be read today. This diary is very unusual because it really was a Secret Diary. He wrote it in shorthand and people who have studied i ...more
A remarkable chronicle of the foibles of Anglo-American Virginia planter William Byrd II of Westover Plantation (near Williamsburg). Shares some qualities with English diarist Samuel Pepys, but of more interest for those interested in comparing life in the American colonial South with, say, life in New England as recorded by Bradford, Cotton Mather, or with a middle Atlantic colonist such as Benjamin Franklin.