Does the style of writing show a person's character?
From Robert Bolling's [1738-1775] memoirs written in 1764which is ALMOST 150 years AFTER the death of the 'Virginia Lady'. Can we assume that he is writing from hearsay and had no factual proof. If so, what hope for us over 400 years after her birth?
I have undertaken this little work because I have often regretted that my ancestors had never done it. Whatever regards them shall be always of importance to me, and the day perhaps will come when there may be persons desirous of knowing particularly what regards my brothers and myself. For that reason I will continue my relation tho' I must speak of persons still living to the present day. RB the writer of these memoirs  and I shall praise myself, was an accomplished youth, I blushlittle, but take couage my friends, you are about to be a great man, I say that R.B was a faultess young man. That nothing might be wanting to render his education complete, his father sent him to England, for good qualities even may be bought there. .............. I must now praise myself a little] To tell the truth, he lost no time. As they perceived in him an astonishing genius, they did not cramp it as first by trusting him into a class, and God knows how many classes he passed in the course of 2 years............. [Ah Mr Bolling !, my dear self, how many obligations do I owe you? I salute you with all my heart]
His style leaves me with the feeling that he was very full of himself and probably became very pompous in later life.
Perhaps the Forum readers feel this, or perhaps not.
Now to another Question. Can anyone supply the ORIGINAL source to the oft quoted visit of Thomas to his 'Aunt Cleopatre'?
Just a thought of mine.......... Judging by todays standards [especially looking at Forums] very few people know much about their grand parents, c90 year span, let alone double that, as Bolling was writing about.
Yes, I am aware that many a wonderful and wise 'granny' passed down information about her family, BUT was it correct. I have checked out a great deal of inherited family trees for others to find that most are inaccuarate in much of the data. Mixed up generations and relationships.
Perhaps a safer approach would be if we were to treat research as a police officer would treat evidence in a the 'scene of crime'
Could that person have been there?
What motive, who witnessed the event, what proof? Hearsay comes way down the list.
Perhaps we would benefit if we made our research into an enquiry.
Merry Xmas, 30 minutes to Santa time!! Time for a mince pie.