and the schools of Oxford
, of Edinburgh
, and of the Merchants' Taylors' School
It may be realized that in the prosperity attending the Virginia
planter at the close of the seventeenth century, the most enlightening influences followed.
The eighteenth century began with an era of expanding intelligence, increasing refinement and luxurious expenditure.
The sons, returning from the schools, colleges and inns of the law courts of the mother country, invested with the advantages thus acquired and with perceptions quickened by social contact, golden in its intellectual aspirations, were naturally directive in lofty and broad impulse.
The influence of Addison
and others was nobly fruitful.
the excellent offices of the University
, of Princeton
, Harvard, and Yale
were availed of. Our women, ever the sweetest and noblest of their sex, it is realized, were effective factors in the formation of Virginian character.
It is notable that George Wythe
was taught Latin and Greek
by his mother, and the brilliant John Randolph
’ acknowledged his indebtedness to the same tender regard.
It has been ever patent that the most precious accomplishments have continued with the daughters of Virginia
The learned professions were well represented in Virginia
In medicine Dr. Thomas Wooton
was the pioneer in 1607.
. Walter Russell
and Anthony Bagnall
were here in 1608, Dr. Lawrence Bohun
in 1611, and Dr. John Pott
The last was Governor
of the colony in 1628.
There was no deficiency onward of such ministrants.
I find ‘Chirurgeon’ John Brock
, with others, in 1640, and a little later Drs
. Daniel Parke
, Robert Ellison
, Francis Haddon
, and Patrick Napier
, in York county
Dr. John Mitchell
, F. R. S., eminent, as a botanist as well as physician, located in Middlesex
Another alike doubly distinguished in science was John Clayton
, son of the Attorney-General
of the same name, and who settled in Gloucester
John Tennent, Sr.
and Jr., of Spotsylvania
, the former of whom made valuable contributions to medical literature.
Dr. William Cabell
, who had been a surgeon in the British
navy, and was the founder of the distinguished family of his name.
Dr. John Baynham
, of Caroline, and Dr. William Baynham
, of Essex county