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The Great American Gentleman: William Byrd of Westover in Virginia, His Secret Diary for the Years 1709-1712
The Great American Gentleman William Byrd of Westover in Virginia His Secret Diary for the Years 1709-1712 Author:Edited by: Louis B. Wright and Marion Tinling William Byrd II (1674-1744), ancestor of the present senator and the late Admiral, was one of the greatest early Americans. The discovery of his secret diaries caused critics to hail him as "the American Pepys," and with reason. These diaries of the life of a great gentleman in colonial America reveal Byrd as a vigorous, headstrong, yet sensitiv... more »e man. They concern his daily life, his relations with the Indians, the treatment of his slaves, his sexual and emotional life, and the growth of his community.
Originally written in cipher, allowing Byrd to feel free to put down all his thoughts, they are extremely revealing and offer and very full portrait of a great man.« less