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1 betraying his native land for the momentary
chap. IX.} 1763. Dec.
pleasure of being cheered by the aristocracy, which was soon to laugh at him.2

In England the force of opposition was broken. Charles Yorke came penitently and regretfully to Grenville to mourn over his mistake in resigning office, and make complaint of the exigency of the times which had whirled him out of so eminent and advantageous a post in the law; and Grenville felt himself so strong as to dare to slight him. Even Charles Townshend was ready to renounce the friendship of Pitt, and his manifest desire 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 1755,3 a year of war and consequent interruption of agricultural pursuits, and again in 1758,4 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

1 [171] an account of Huske's speech, see extract of a letter from a gentleman in London to his friend in New-York, in Weyman's New-York Gazette of 5 April, 1764. Gordon, in History of American Revolution, i. 157, quotes the letter as from Stephen Savre to Capt. Isaac Sears, of New-York. See, also, Joseph Reed to Charles Pettit, London, 11 June, 1764, in Reed's Life and Correspondence of Reed, i. 33. The date of Sayre's letter shows the speech must have been made before the 7th of Feb., 1764; probably in December, 1763.

2 Reed's Reed, i. 33.

3 Rev. James Maury to John Fontaine, 15 June, 1756, from the collections of Peter Force.

4 Rev. James Maury, in 1763: ‘The act of 1758.’ Wirt's Life of Patrick Henry, 39.

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