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The Secret Diary of William Byrd of Westover, 1709-1712

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Hardcover, 622 pages
Published June 1st 1972 by Arno Press (first published January 1st 1963)
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Dorothea
Mar 14, 2013 rated it liked it
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
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Nov 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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.
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A really fascinating glimpse into life in the early colonial time period. Mr Byrd prays, "eats" milk for breakfast, dances his dance, quarrels with his wife, whips his slaves, and thanks God for his good fortune. Rinse and repeat. Yes, his days do seem repetitive but it's also interesting to see how much people relied on socialization in those days for entertainment. It seemed company was always at his house. And it also seemed like he, his wife, slaves, and neighbors were ROUTINELY sick. Like, ...more
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William Byrd II was a British planter and author from Charles City County in colonial Virginia. He is considered the founder of Richmond, Virginia. (Source: Wikipedia)
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