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was a patriot, who renounced ambition, making no quest of fame, never appearing in public life but from a sense of duty and for a great end. He will not refuse, said Jefferson and Henry, if ordered by his country. But he was still suffering from an overwhelming domestic grief; as he gave his reasons for his refusal, tears ran down the presiding officer's cheeks; and the convention listened to him with the sympathy of a family circle. At the same time that Mason declined, he recommended Francis Lee, who was accordingly chosen in the room of Bland, yet only by one vote over a candidate who was noted for loyalty and dread of a democratic republic. A spirit of moderation prevailed in the election of the committee of safety for the province; Edmund Pendleton, who ever desired it might be remembered Chap. XLV.} 1775. that a redress of grievances, and not a revolution of government, was his wish, was placed at its head. To defray the charges of the late Indian war, and to provide