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[281] ‘they could not have been better adapted to
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vindicate their past proceedings, and to encourage them to perseverance.’1

The next morning the Assembly had just time to adopt an Address to the King, when the Governor, having heard of what he called ‘the abominable measure,’2 summoned them and said: ‘I have heard of your Resolves, and augur ill of their effects; you have made it my duty to dissolve you, and you are dissolved accordingly.’3

The Burgesses of Virginia, having finished what they could do in their official capacity, met together as patriots and friends, with their Speaker as Moderator. They adopted the Resolves which Washington had brought with him from Mount Vernon; and which formed a well digested, stringent and practicable scheme of non-importation, until all the ‘unconstitutional’ revenue acts should be repealed. Such too was their zeal against the Slave-trade, they made a special covenant with one another, not to import any slaves, nor purchase any imported. These associations were signed by Peyton Randolph, Richard Bland, Archibald Cary, Robert Carter Nicholas, Richard Henry Lee, Washington, Carter Braxton, Henry, Jefferson, Nelson, and all the Burgesses of Virginia there assembled;4 and were then sent throughout the country for the signature of every man in the Colony.5

The voice of the Old Dominion roused the ‘most ’

1 Hutchinson's Hist. of Massachusetts, III. 233.

2 Botetourt to Hillsborough, 19 May, 1769.

3 Wirt's Life of Patrick Henry, 104.

4 Burk's History of Virginia, III. 348, 349.

5 Compare Washington to Colonel Bassett, Mount Vernon, 18 June, 1769; in Maxwell's Virginia Historical Register, III. 220.

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