The Wealth of Virginia by Barbara N. MclennanThe Wealth of Virginia by Barbara N. Mclennan

The Wealth of Virginia

byBarbara N. Mclennan

Paperback | August 21, 2017

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The Wealth of Virginia takes the characters from The Wealth of Jamestown into the following decade, 1700-1710. It tells about the development of Virginia, a new and powerful colony, rich on the basis of its own resources and activities. Colonial Jamestown was where streets were actually (not proverbially) paved with gold (tobacco).  Those who worked hard and avoided early death could have families and build great estates.

Sarah Blair, daughter of one of Virginia’s wealthiest planters, and William Roscoe, young Virginia planter and sheriff of Yorktown and Gloucester, continue their relationship though Sarah is formally married to James Blair, Commissary of the Church of England with connections to the Board of Trade in England.  Blair is a lobbyist, a church bureaucrat, and an in-fighter, with little understanding of business.

Sarah has retained her dowry and wealth, but William dies of yellow fever after returning from Charles Towne on one of their ships. Francis Nicholson, the royal lieutenant governor, has angered the colonists by intemperate outbursts and designs on one of their daughters. The planters send James and Sarah Blair to London to have Nicholson removed. Sarah returns a very powerful woman with an understanding of London and world trade.

Barbara McLennan has published eight books and numerous  articles on various political, economic, and historical subjects. For two years she contributed columns and articles on local customs and local history to, a local online newspaper serving the Rappahannock region of Virginia. Holding both Ph.D. (University of Wis...
Title:The Wealth of VirginiaFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:246 pages, 8.77 × 6.07 × 0.6 inShipping dimensions:8.77 × 6.07 × 0.6 inPublished:August 21, 2017Publisher:Barbara McLennanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0998087319

ISBN - 13:9780998087313

Appropriate for ages: 12


Editorial Reviews

"If you enjoy reading about the history of Colonial Virginia, this novel is a must read. The 230-page "The Wealth of Virginia" published in August, 2015, continues the story of "The Wealth of Jamestown," written by the same author, Barbara N. McLennan. Her first book can be found at middle and high school libraries in Williamsburg and James City County Schools, and in the gift shop at Jamestown Settlement.This historical novel follows the life of Sarah Blair, daughter to a wealthy planter in Jamestown, who is in love with one man, but married to James Blair, a founder of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg. Sarah is a strong, independent woman, who depicts the tenacity of some of the women in pre-Revolution America. This novel also gives insight into what life was like in Virginia during a period of time when Jamestown's wealth and survival depended on the only cash crop the colony had — tobacco.It also was a time in Colonial Jamestown when the citizens were displeased with their King-appointed governor Francis Nicholson and wanted him recalled, so James Blair and his wife Sarah are sent to England to plead their case. This visit occurred between 1704 and 1705 and a painting of Sarah Blair, done by a London artist, hangs in the Muscarelle Museum in Williamsburg.Most of the characters in this book were real citizens of Jamestown, including Gen. Benjamin Harrison III, Governor Nicholson, William Roscoe, a member of the House of Burgesses, and, of course, Sarah and James Blair.This also was a time when there was talk of building a new assembly building, governor's palace, armory, theaters, taverns and shops in Williamsburg, with the new governor planning to pave the streets and call the common area Merchants Square.This novel has the dual role of a heart-wrenching love story, as well as a historical novel about the Historic Triangle pre-Revolution.Barbara McLennan has published six books and numerous magazine and journal articles about politics, economics and history. She current serves as a docent of the Jamestown Settlement. Barbara McLennan has a Ph.D., a J.D., is a former professor and was a high-level official in the United States Departments of Commerce and Treasury. The illustration on the cover of the book is the property of the Colonial National Historical Park, by artist Keith Rocco.You can view a full-size copy of the painting in the lobby of the Visitor Center at Historic Jamestown, where the historic fort is located. This book would be an excellent addition to any home library as an historical novel that depicts life in Colonial Virginia during the early 1700s." — Vicky Coiner - Daily Press, Newport News, VA