Virginia under the Stuarts, 1607-1688

Virginia under the Stuarts, 1607-1688

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Virginia under the Stuarts, 1607-1688

Virginia under the Stuarts, 1607-1688

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During the past few decades a flood of light has been thrown upon Virginia colonial history. Many letters, reports and other manuscripts have been unearthed, and in some cases, printed. Monographs, editions of old texts, legislative journals have been given to the public. Investigators have studied thoroughly statements and conclusions reiterated for centuries, and have proved them erroneous or misleading. What have long been considered the fundamental facts in the history of the establishment of the nation have been attacked and overthrown. The author, in the present volume, has attempted to rewrite the political history of Virginia from the founding of Jamestown to the English Revolution of 1688, in a form that will make these newly discovered facts available to the general reader.

For the period of the London Company of Virginia great reliance has been placed upon the works of Alexander Brown. Although not agreeing with all the views of this remarkable man, the author feels safe in presenting the main facts of early Virginia history in accordance with his more important conclusions. The chapter upon Governor Harvey is based almost entirely upon the original correspondence in the British Public Record Office in London. For the first administration of Sir William Berkeley and for the Commonwealth period the author has been compelled to fall back upon the sources preserved in Virginia, notably Hening's Statutes at Large. Unfortunately the civil contest in England, the overthrow of the King, the hostility of the Virginia government to Parliament, the foreign wars of Oliver Cromwell brought about almost a total cessation of official correspondence between the colony and the mother country during the years from 1642 to 1660. Consequently there is a discouraging dearth of material among the British records.

Chapters V, VI, VII and VIII are based mainly upon origi-

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