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The Lower Norfolk County Virginia Antiquary Volume 3


This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1901 Excerpt: ... slave owners and carriage owners and piano owners. To those who entertain such views only would such views appear natural, and the Editor does not hold himself responsible for the exaggerated importance with which such persons may invest such things. The articles named are regarded by the Editor and by economists as the most valuable because they throw the most light on the life and condition of the people. An idle-minded man here and there may pride himself because of his grandfather's wealth, and a morbid egotist here and there may, for fear of the opinion of the idle-minded man, chafe and fret because of his grandfather's comparative poverty, but history cannot remain unwritten because of such persons. The articles referred to show the sizes of estates, and show that instead of there having been a few rich and many poor people in the South, as has been believed abroad, there were a few rich and many well to do and comfortably fixed people in the South. The possession of riding vehicles and pianos shows the progress of refinement and the development of civilization. This kind of information is now being appreciated at its value,1 and the Editor will close this with the remark that he will in the future as in the past manage the Antiquary in accordance with his own best judgment, and for his own pleasure and satisfaction, and will pay no attention to the criticisms of the morbid and the unduly dissatisfied.--editor. 1 "Collector William F. Stone yesterday forwarded an application from the officers of the Maryland Historical Society to the Secretary of the Treasury requesting the Government to allow the Maryland Historical Society to take charge of a number of colonial records which were recently discovered in the record office of the Custom House. Th... Hide synopsis

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