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The Resource Tidewater dynasty : the Lees of Stratford Hall, Carey Roberts and Rebecca Seely

Tidewater dynasty : the Lees of Stratford Hall, Carey Roberts and Rebecca Seely

Label
Tidewater dynasty : the Lees of Stratford Hall
Title
Tidewater dynasty
Title remainder
the Lees of Stratford Hall
Statement of responsibility
Carey Roberts and Rebecca Seely
Creator
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
These meticulously detailed cluster biographies of headline members of Virginia's remarkable Lee family (circa 1718-1810) center mainly on the evolution of the Lees' public political stances--which fueled the founding of the Republic; but though this book is admirable in scope and organization, it's sorry stuff as fiction. The narrative begins with Thomas Lee, the first Lee to build on Virginia's Northern Neck after a jumble of land claims. But the bulk of the chronicle, of course, is devoted to Richard Henry Lee and his noble "Band of Brothers": doctor-lawyer-pamphleteer Arthur, a lobbyist in England for a generous Colonial policy who also becomes instrumental in obtaining French aid when revolution's in the wind; William, appointed alderman in London, meanwhile working as an agent for the American cause; Francis Lightfoot, signer of the Declaration and member of the Continental Congress. And Richard Henry himself speaks out against slavery in 1759; is a leader in urging concerted action in response to the Stamp Act; introduces the motion paving the way for the Declaration; works for a Bill of Rights; and holds many offices, including Senator from Virginia. Nor have the authors forgotten cousin "Lighthorse Harry" Lee--a daring and dashing military man, a major voice in ratifying the Constitution, a governor of Virginia, and the father of Robert E. (who appears in a brief epilogue). Throughout the dinners, meetings, balls, and treks to Philadelphia, great personages come and go: Washington (cool, austere); both Adamses; Franklin; Madison; and other Founding Fathers. And there are a goodly number of weddings and courtings, all featuring smitten young men and pretty girls. Unfortunately for readers, however, there's not one untidy pepperpot in the lot: there's no fire in the excesses of Lighthorse Harry, Patrick Henry, or Ben Franklin; too discreet a distance is kept from Richard Henry's other brother, Colonel Phil, who causes his younger dependents to flee his house. . . or sister Missy, who lives in sin to save her inheritance; and the dialogue, whether about politics or mating, is generally history-text flat. Certainly this covers the Lees' major contributions, but for the casual reader of fiction it's awfully severe
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Roberts, Carey
Dewey number
813/.54
Illustrations
maps
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3568.O2375
LC item number
T5
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Seely, Rebecca
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Lee family
  • Virginia
  • Virginia
Target audience
adult
Label
Tidewater dynasty : the Lees of Stratford Hall, Carey Roberts and Rebecca Seely
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages [427]-435
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 435 pages
Isbn
9780156903363
Lccn
80008758
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Imprint varies.
Other physical details
map (on lining papers)
System control number
  • 00002046747
  • 44289
Label
Tidewater dynasty : the Lees of Stratford Hall, Carey Roberts and Rebecca Seely
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Bibliography: pages [427]-435
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
viii, 435 pages
Isbn
9780156903363
Lccn
80008758
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Note
Imprint varies.
Other physical details
map (on lining papers)
System control number
  • 00002046747
  • 44289

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