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From “Then and Now in the Old Dominion” in The Atlantic Monthly (April 1862):

One by one, the barbarisms of Old Virginia were eradicated, and the danger was then that effeminancy would succeed; but a better class of families began to come from England, now that Colony was somewhat prepared for them. These aimed to make Virginia repeat England: it might have repeated something worse, and in the end has.

IMAGE: The Victory Ball, 1781 by Jean-Léon Gérôme Ferris, ca. 1929 (Virginia Historical Society, Lora Robins Collection of Virginia Art)

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