The Resource William Byrd II notebook, 1697-1702
- William Byrd II notebook, 1697-1702
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- Notebook, 1697-1702, of William Byrd II (1674-1744), containing copied drafts of papers to the Board of Trade in London or other English authorities, which shed light on his relationship with Governors Edmund Andros (1637-1714) and Francis Nicholson (1655-1728), while he was serving in London as agent for the Virginia colony. Also included are drafts of papers submitted in a petition to the king concerning a slave ship owned by William Byrd I, which had been seized by the French, a brief representation concerning the inefficiency of the Secretary of State of Virginia, a copy of the Board of Trade's recommendation of a replacement for Ralph Wormeley (1650-1701), and Byrd's defense of Andros. There are also documents concerning proprietary government, and a proposal by the Board of Trade for sending French Huguenots to Virginia. These two documents have been published
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- William Byrd was born 28 March 1674, probably in Henrico County, Virginia, to William Byrd (ca. 1652-1704) and Mary Horsmaden Byrd (1652-1699). Byrd was raised and educated in England, studied at the Middle Temple, and was called to the bar in 1695. In 1696, he returned to Virginia, was elected to the House of Burgesses, but returned to London to practice law. From 1698 to 1702, Byrd served as the colony's colonial agent. He returned to Virginia in 1705, after learning of his father's death. Byrd ran the large estate his father left, and in 1709, he was appointed to the Governor's Council. Byrd returned to London in 1716 and stayed until 1720 when he left for Virginia, then returned to London in 1721 and stayed until 1726. Byrd developed his lands in Virginia and founded both Petersburg and Richmond, Virginia. Byrd married Lucy Parke (d. 1716) 4 May 1706, and they had four children. He married second Maria Taylor 9 May 1724, and they had four children. Byrd died at his home Westover in Charles City County, Virginia, 6 September 1744, and was buried in the garden.
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- Filming funded by The Library of Virginia Foundation with the support of The Roller-Bottimore Foundation and The Robins Foundation.
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- The Huntington Library;
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