"By this means People so what seems good in their eyes, and are in a fair way of shaking off their dependence upon England.

Nay to break all the laws made to kirb them by the authority of King and Parliament, is a virtual throwing of their Dependence....These governments, as they are now ordered, do greatly encourage offences of every kind in the more useful Plantations. They entice Servants to run away from their Masters, in the neighbor Colonys, by refusing to give them up to their right owners, by which they both deprive the master of the Servants that run away, and spoil those that stay behind to the great Discouragement of Industry."

-- William Byrd II, "Representation of Mr. Byrd concerning Proprietary Governments," 1699