Sunday, December 14, 2008


From The History of the Dividing Line, by William Byrd II.

“As it happen’d some Ages before to be the fashion to Santer to the Holy Land, and go upon other Quixot Adventures, so it was now grown the Humour to take a Trip to America. The Spaniards had lately discovered Rich Mines in their Part of the West Indies, which made their Maritime Neighbours eager to do so too. This Modish Frenzy being still more Inflam’d by the Charming Account given of Virginia, by the first Adventurers made many fond of removeing to such a Paradise.

“Happy was he, and still the happier She, that cou’d get themselves transported, fondly expecting their Coarsest Utensils, in that happy place, would be of Massy Silver.”

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