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Title: Colonial Records of Virginia
Author: Various

Release Date: September 13, 2007 [eBook #22594]
Language: English
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Transcriber's Note:
Obvious mis-spellings and printing errors have been corrected. Variant spellings of the same word have been retained.
With the exception of Note 263, which was retained to facilitate the numbering of footnotes, corrections indicated on the "Errata" page have been made.
Notes 50 and 287, and pages iii and iv mentioned in "Errata," are notes 59 and 297, and pages 67 and 68 respectively herein.
Superscripts are indicated with by the carat character ^. Superscripts containing more than one letter are enclosed by curly brackets (^{}).
Footnotes, which are numerous, are placed immediately following the paragraph in which they appear.
The word, "negors", is not believed to be a typographical error.
A missing, censored, or omitted word on page 17 has been shown by ----.
"See note p. 37" in Footnote 1 and "see note pp. 48, 49" in Footnote II have been changed to "See note Q" and "see note CC" respectively to conform to the footnote numbering in this document.


Baltimore Genealogical Publishing Co. 1964
Originally Published
Richmond, Va: R.F. Walker, Superintendent Public Printing. 1874.

I. The First Assembly of Virginia, held July 30, 1619, 9
II. List of the livinge and the dead in Virginia, Feb'y 16, 1623, 37
III. A briefe declaration of the plantation of Virginia, during the first twelve years, when Sir Thomas Smith was Governor of the Company, 69
IV. A list of the number of men, women and children, inhabitants in the several Counties within the Collony of Virginia, in 1634, 91
V. A letter from Charles II., acknowledging the receipt of a present of Virginia Silk, 1668, 97
VI. A list of the Parishes in Virginia, 1680, 103
VII. Addenda, 105

Page 13--Note 50.--For McDowell read McDonald.
Page 14.--In last line of notes insert comma after Bancroft.
Page 23.--Omit the whole of note 263.
Page 24.--Note, 287, should read: committees, McDonald.
Page 35.--In second line from bottom for Stith read Smith.
Page 41 and 50.--For I, in notes, read we.
Page 61.--In Editor's Note, for Neil read Neill.
Page iii.--In Preface to Brief Declaration, lines fourteen and seventeen, for Smythe read Smith.
Page iii.--Ib., line 29, for Kieth read Keith.
Page iv.--Line twenty-one, for Forcer read Force's.
Page 89.--Preface, line eight, omit "the" before massacre.

Held July 30th, 1619.

The documents herewith presented are printed from copies obtained from the Public Record Office of Great Britain. When the question of the boundary line between Maryland and Virginia was before the Legislature of the latter State, in 1860, Colonel Angus W. McDonald was sent to England to obtain the papers necessary to protect the interests of Virginia. He brought back "nine volumes of manuscripts and one book containing forty-eight maps" (see his report, Virginia Legislative Documents, No. 39, 1861,). The volumes of manuscripts contained, upon an average, 425 pages each, and were filled with valuable historical documents, of many of which no copies had ever been seen on this continent since the originals were sent from the Colony of Virginia. In a conversation with the writer, held soon after his return from England, in March, 1861, Colonel McDonald stated that having obtained copies of all the documents relating to the question of the boundary line which could be found, and having more money left of the appropriation made than was needed to pay the expenses of his return home, he decided to devote the surplus to obtaining copies of papers relating to the early history of the State, without reference to the question of the boundary line. This statement will, we presume, satisfactorily account for the presence in his collection of such papers as do not relate to the subject upon which he was engaged. That he was well qualified to select such papers is evident from an examination of the list which he made out.
During the occupation of the State capital building by the Federal troops and officials, after the surrender of the Confederate authorities in April, 1865, a very large quantity of the official documents filed in the archives of the State were removed from that building, and at the same time four of the nine volumes and the portfolio of maps above mentioned. Nothing has been heard from any of them since. In 1870, the question of the boundary line being again before the Legislature of Virginia, the Governor sent the Hon.
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