I am Murdered.

English: The last will and testament of George...

English: The last will and testament of George Wythe of Virginia, in which he leaves his books and his “small philosophical apparatus” to President Thomas Jefferson. Thomas Jefferson Papers, Series 1, The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, not yet, but some may be tempted.  🙂  This is the title of a book by historian Bruce Chadwick.

George Wythe was a major figure in Virginia.  Law Professor, Judge; he was the mentor and surrogate father (he had no children of his own), to Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and James Monroe, among others.  He freed his slaves, and believed in African-American equality, long before it was fashionable.  (At the time of his death, he was tutoring a young African-American man, who was living with him in Richmond).

I lived in Virginia for four years (1986-1990).  I lived in Boykins, Virginia, in Southampton County.  Southampton is where the Nat Turner rebellion occurred.    I worked for the Walter Cecil Rawls Library (Now, the Blackwater Regional Library).  I have a Facebook friend, writer Nancy Naigle, who lives in Drewryville, Southampton County.   Please also check out my friends who are opening Belle Grove, James Madison’s birthplace in Port Conway as a bed and breakfast.

OK, enough of the personal stuff.  Back to the book.  Richmond in 1806 was still a frontier town.  The capital of Virginia was moved upstream on the James River from Williamsburg, because it was felt it was safer from foreign (read British) attack.  Another idea of Thomas Jefferson.  George Wythe had been a professor at William and Mary, but the college went downhill with the move of the capital.  He was a judge in Richmond.

Richmond was a rough place, with all sorts of recent arrivals.  There was (and still is a major Jewish community.  Think Congressman Eric Cantor).

Always respected and beloved, he became ill and told his friends, who attended him, I am murdered.

It reads like a novel.  I will give nothing further away.

About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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2 Responses to I am Murdered.

  1. I am looking forward to reading it now!

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