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ars, and a revenue, granted in perpetuity, with a fixed quit-rent, put aside the usual sources of colonial strife, the insurgent spirit of freedom invaded the royal authority in the Established Church; and in 1748, just as Sherlock, the new bishop of London, was interceding with the king for an American episcopate, which Bedford and Halifax both favored as essential chap. II.} 1748. Nov. to royal authority, Virginia, with the consent of Gooch, its lieutenant-governor, transferred by law Hening's Statutes at large, VI. 90. XXII. Geo. II., chap. XXXIV. ยง 7. the patronage of all the livings to the vestries. The act was included among the revised laws, and met with the king's approbation. Dinwiddie to the Earl of Holdernesse, 5 June, 1753. But from the time that its purpose was perceived, Sherlock became persuaded, that Virginia, formerly an orderly province, had nothing more at heart than to lessen the influence of the crown. Bishop of London to the Board of Trade. Lette
ogs. They were obliged to make for an island. There lay Washington, imprisoned by the elements; but the late December night was intensely cold, and in the morning he found the river frozen. Not till he reached Gist's settlement, in January, 1754, were his toils lightened. 1754. Washington's report was followed by immediate activity. The Ohio Company agreed to build a fort at the Fork, and he himself was stationed at Alexandria to enlist recruits. In February, the General Assembly, Hening's Statutes at large, VI. 417. unwilling to engage with France, yet ready to protect the settlers beyond the mountains, agreed to borrow ten thousand pounds, taking care to place the disbursement of the money under the superintendence of their own committee. The House of Burgesses, Dinwiddie complained, were in a republican way of thinking; but he confessed himself unable to bring them to order. The As- chap. V.} 1754. sembly of Virginia, pleading their want of means, single-handed, to an