The Resource Autobiography

Autobiography

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Autobiography
Title
Autobiography
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A trewe relacyon of the p[ro]cedeinges and ocurrentesof momente w[hi]ch have hap[pe]ned in Virginia from the tyme S[i]r Thomas Gates was shippwrackte uppon the Bermudes an[n]o 1609 untill my dep[ar]ture owtt of the country w[hi]ch was in an[n]o d[omi]ni 1612
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Summary
Transcript of the autobiography of George Percy (1580-1632) of Jamestown, Virginia, and England. The autobiography describes Percy's life and events of the Virginia colony beginning with Percy's arrival in 1609 and includes accounts of skirmishes with the local Native Americans, political intrigue, and the severe shortages faced by the colonists until the arrival of supplies with Thomas West, Baron De La Warr (1577-1618). Percy descibes his actions while serving a president of the council from 1609 to 1610 and the ensuing governorships of Sir Thomas Gates (ca. 1560-1622) and De La Warr, including his own stint as deputy governor. Percy describes John Smith (1580-1631) and recounts the death of John Ratcliffe (ca. 1610) at the hands of the Powhatans. He also mentions the Spanish colony in Florida. Account was written between Percy's return to England in 1612 and his death twenty years later. Transcript was donated by George Brinton McClellan Harvey (1864-1928), United States Ambassador to Great Britain, to the Virginia State Library through Dr. Lyon Gardiner Tyler (1853-1935), a member of the Library Board
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George Percy was born 4 September 1580, the younger son of the Earl of Northumberland. He served as a soldier in the Netherlands, before joining the first expedition to Virginia. Percy was president of the Jamestown Colony Council from September 1609 to May 1610, and as deputy for Thomas West, Baron De La Warr (1577-1618), Governor of Virginia, from March 1611 to April 1612. Percy returned to England in April 1612. He may have written "A trewe relacyon of the p[ro]cedeinges and ocurrentesof momente w[hi]ch have hap[pe]ned in Virginia from the tyme S[i]r Thomas Gates was shippwrackte uppon the Bermudes an[n]o 1609 untill my dep[ar]ture owtt of the country w[hi]ch was in an[n]o d[omi]ni 1612" in response to criticisms of his leadership in Virginia. Percy died in 1632.
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Vi
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Original located in the Free Library of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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Autobiography
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  • The Library of Virginia
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49
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Harvey, George
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001530757
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leaves

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