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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

"Keep up your Letters"

The last will and testament of John Overall of Prince William County, Virginia is the perfect example of 17th century writing. Children were taught to "to do their letters".  What this means is to correspondence and relatives on a regular basis, exchanging information but also maintaining their skills in forming perfect script. You might be surprised to learn that the early colonists were more literate than modern times. They were taught to read ad writ Latin, English and French.  And even the most ordinary of families sent their to England for further studies. This will is found on Virginia Pioneers and is available to members as are all of the old county wills.

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