The History Of The First Discovery And Settlement Of Virginia

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by William Stith

Stith's History of the First Discovery and Settlement of Virginia was published in Williamsburg in 1747 and followed by a London edition of 1753. In it he traced the first seventeen years of the history of England's first permanent colony in North America, from its founding in 1607 by the Virginia Company of London to the dissolution of the company in 1624. Long regarded by later historians as a pioneering example of scholarship based on extensive research in original sources Stith's work was in other respects more subjective, praising what he regarded as the more liberal policies of a reform-minded group of Virginia Company officials and roundly condemning what he perceived as the authoritarian intentions of the initial leaders and James I. [1]

Bibliographic Information

Author: William Stith, (1707-1755)

Title: The History Of The First Discovery And Settlement Of Virginia: Being An Essay Towards A General History Of This Colony.

Publication Info: Williamsburg: Printed by William Parks, 1747.

Edition: First

Evidence for Inclusion in Wythe's Library

Mentioned by George Wythe in a letter to Thomas Jefferson, April 6, 1775 - …the matters you are considering are the same that are in the appendix to Mr. Stith’s History…

Description of the Wolf Law Library's copy

Bound in antique paneled calf with spine gilt and gilt morocco label. Purchased from William Reese Company.

View this book in William & Mary's online catalog.

External Links

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  1. Thad W. Tate, ‘Stith, William (1707–1755)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 6 June 2013