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Thursday, April 5, 2012

William Fitzhugh

William Fitzhugh (1651-1701) settled in the Colony of Virginia and became a man of large means.  He occupied a wooden dwelling except for brick used in the chimneys and possibly the foundation. When Nicholas Hayward decided to establish one of his children in Virginia, he received a letter from Fitzhugh giving valuable information as to the course pursued by man of the planters in construction.  Fitzhugh strongly advised against a large dwelling and was doubtful even as to the wisdom of building an English framed house of the ordinary size because the pricce of skilled labor was excessively dear. He said that he had to pay out three times the amount required to build a house of the same proportions in London. Source: Virginia in the Seventeenth Century by Philip Alexander Bruce.

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