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e of taking office passed unheeded. Nothing was feared from the opposition in England. Who could look, then, for resistance from America? or forbode danger from a cause on trial in a county court in Virginia? Tobacco was the legalized currency of Virginia. In 1755, Rev. James Maury to John Fontaine, 15 June, 1756, from the collections of Peter Force. a year of war and consequent interruption of agricultural pursuits, and again in 1758, Rev. James Maury, in 1763: The act of 1758. Wirt's Life of Patrick Henry, 39. a year of the utmost distress, the legislature indulged the people in the alternative of paying their public dues, including the dues to the established clergy, in money at the fixed rate of two pence for the pound of tobacco. All but the clergy acquiesced in the law. At their instance its ratification was opposed by the Bishop of chap. IX.} 1763. Dec. London, who remarked on the great change in the temper of the people of Virginia in the compass of a few years
outside of the closed hall, eager to catch the first tidings of resistance, and George Washington, as is believed, was in his place as a member, he maintained by resolutions, For the authentic copy of Henry's Resolutions as first proposed, see Wirt's Patrick Henry, Section Second. that the inhabitants of Virginia inherited from the first adventurers and settlers of that Dominion, equal franchises with the people of Great Britain; that royal charters had declared this equality; that taxation house, and on Thursday, the thirtieth of May, having been adopted by small majorities, the fifth by a vote of twenty to nineteen, they became a part of the public record. I would have given five hundred guineas for a single vote, Jefferson to Wirt. exclaimed the Attorney-General, aloud, as he came out past young Jefferson, into whose youthful soul the proceedings of that day sunk so deeply, that resistance to tyranny became a part of his nature. But Henry carried all the young members with