"Valentine Morris was born in the island of Antigua in 1727, but lived for thirty years at Piercefield, part of which is now Chepstow Racecourse. His ancestors had lived in Monmouthshire in the seventeenth century, but emigrated to Barbados and North America. Valentine Morris spent vast sums of money on Piercefield, which was admired by visitors as different as John Wesley, Sir Joseph Banks, Arthur Young, Thomas Gray, and Clive of India. James Christie called it 'the most delightful spot on earth'.
Lavish hospitality, gambling losses, and defeat at the county election of 18771 forced Morris to return to the West Indies to recover his fortunes from a colonial governorship. But the island he was to govern was St. Vincent, which had been taken from the French in 1763 and was inhabited by resentful Caribbeans ," ... "and sugar planters who did not like the Governor's plans to encourage new settlers by giving away the Crown Lands."
Book pages are in very good condition. There is small ink inscription on the inside front cover.
The red hardback cover has gold writing on the spine and is in very good condition apart from a small stain at the top of the front.
The uncut dust jacket has some small tears and wear at the edges, but is otherwise in good condition.