Saturday, April 14, 2012

Preservation of Books

Though the effects of many emigrants into the colony, education was an important element to the first colonists. A book was treated well, as a treasure, to be passed down.  Virginians collected books and manuscripts for their personal libraries and passed them on to their children. When the will of Laurence Washington was made in 1675, he directed that all of his books be delivered to his son, John Washington, as soon as he came of age.  Thomas Gibson of York County, left his entire collection to his son. These are just a few examples, as the wills and testaments are replete with such instructions. 

Source: Rappahannock County Records, vol. 1664-73, p. 101; York County Records, vol. 1633-94, p. 38..