William Byrd II, American planter and author, from colonial Virginia, is considered the founder of the cities of Richmond and Petersburg, Virginia. His writings in the form of diaries or journals gave in an entertaining way the incidents and observations of his long and varied career. Byrd and his neighbors lived like English gentlemen. In this selection, he tells of a visit to the home of Colonel Alexander Spotswood, who had been lieutenant governor of the colony. I transcribed it for the blog in Centennial Gregg.