The Demons of Charles Percy
The enigma of the Percy family began with Charles, its founder in the American Southwest, born in 1740 in some part of the British Isles. The first North American Percy was always able to inspire trust and display the comportment of a responsible leader. Through successive governments, Charles Percy managed to present himself well without much self-revelation. In 1777, Peter Chester, governor of West Florida, appointed him one of the commissioners at Natchez. Charles Percy was forty years old when he married Sussanah Collins, sixteen years old. Successful though he was in weathering the depressed 1794 market, Charles had been showing signs of a growing derangement. Instead of financial woes, Percy had become subject to a malady that left him coldly suspicious of all around him. It was concluded that he committed suicide in a moment of “insanity of mind.”
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