Cover

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pp. C-C

Title Page, Copyright Page

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pp. i-iv

Acknowledgments

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pp. v-vi

Preface

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pp. vii-xii

Contents

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pp. xiii-xiii

Illustrations

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pp. xiv-xiv

Abbreviations and Short Titles

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pp. xv-2

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Introduction

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pp. 3-42

The most succinct biographical sketch of William Byrd is his epitaph. At the junction of two paths in the gardens of Westover, the fine Georgian house he built on the banks of the James River, his monument still stands, bearing this summation of what was especially memorable about his life:...

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Textual History

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pp. 43-56

The Dividing Line histories have passed down to posterity in several manuscript forms: there remain only one nearly complete copy of the Secret History of the Line and two of The History of the Dividing Line. Several fragments also remain, useful for filling in missing parts and providing evidence of Byrd’s revisions....

Editorial Matters

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pp. 57-64

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The History of the Dividing Linebetwixt Virginia and North CarolinaRun in the Year of Our Lord 1728.

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pp. 65-342

Before I enter upon the Journal of the Line between Virginia and North Carolina, it will be necessary to clear the way to it, by shewing, how the other British Colonies on the main, have one after another, been carved out of Virginia, by Grants from his Majesty’s Royal Predecessors. All that part of the...

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The Secret History of the Line

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pp. 343-460

Byrd’s Secret History of the Line blends seemingly incongruous elements: accurate transcriptions of official letters, grave reflections on current events, comic anecdotes, scandalous revelations, and a pervasively libertine tone. Still, a degree of seriousness may be discerned in Byrd’s approach, despite all the levity, ribaldry...

Appendix 1: Dramatis Personae

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pp. 461-474

Appendix 2: Bibliographical Notes

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pp. 475-480

Bibliography of Works by William Byrd II

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pp. 481-484

Index

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pp. 485-508