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William Byrd (1674—1744) landowner and diarist


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Journal of William Byrd during 1728, found among his Westover Manuscripts and first published in 1841. These offhand daily jottings about Byrd's survey of the Virginia-North Carolina border begin with a sparkling sketch of Virginia history, and proceed to caustic comments upon the residents of North Carolina. This vivacious account and its various digressions show Byrd to be a witty, observant, and graceful writer. A variant, The Secret History of the Line, was published in 1929.

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