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s, a former legislature had already established a perpetual revenue. Yet the people of Virginia still found methods of nourishing the spirit of independence. The permanent revenue was sure to be exhausted on the governor and his favorites; when additional supplies became necessary, the burgesses, as in Jamaica and in other colonies, claimed the right of nominating a treasurer of their own, subject to their orders, without further warrant from the governor. The statutes of Virginia show Hening, III. 92, 197, 476, 495. that the first assembly after the revolution set this example, which was often imitated. The denial of 1691. this system by the crown increased the aversion to Chap XIX.} raising money; so that Virginia refused to contribute its quota to the defence of the colonies against France, Present State, p. 62 and not only disregarded the special orders for assisting Albany, but with entire unanimity, and even with the assent of the council, justified its disobedience.
n Canada and the Gulf of Mexico. He caused, also, the passes in the mountains to be examined; desired to promote settlements beyond them; and sought to concentrate within his province bands of friendly Indians. Finding other measures Logan's Memorial unavailing, he planned the incorporation of a Virginia Indian company, which, from the emoluments of a mo- Chap. XXIII.} nopoly of the traffic, should sustain forts in the western country. Disappointed by the determined opposition Compare Hening's Statutes IV. 56. of the people to a privileged company, he was still earnest to resist the encroachments of the French. But from Williamsburg to Kaskaskia the distance was too wide; and though, by a journey across the mountains, the right of Virginia might be sustained, yet no active resistance would become possible till the posts of the two nations should be nearer. A wilderness of a thousand miles was a good guaranty against reciprocal invasions. In the more northern province of Pen