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iberty and legislative independence. The crime of which Henry is guilty, wrote one of the clergy, is little, if any, inferior to that which brought Simon Lord Lovat to the block. For the vindication of the king's injured honor and authority, they urged the punishment of the young Virginian, and a list was furnished of witnesses against him. But Patrick Henry knew not fear; nor did his success conquer his aversion to the old black letter of the law books. Though he removed to the county of Louisa, in quest of business, he loved the green wood better even than before, and would hunt deer for days together, taking his only rest under the trees; and as he strolled through the forest, with his ever ready musket in his hand, his serene mind was ripening for duty, he knew not how, by silent communion with nature. The movement in Virginia was directed against 1764, Jan. the prerogative. Vague rumors prevailed of new commercial and fiscal regulations, to be made by act of parliament;
e in action. Virginia received the plan to tax America by parliament with consternation. At first the planters foreboded universal ruin; but soon they resolved that the act should recoil on England, and began to be proud of frugality; articles of luxury of English manufacture were banished; and thread-bare coats were most in fashion. A large and embarrassing provincial debt enforced the policy of thrift. Happily, the legislature of Virginia was then assembled; and the electors of Louisa county had just filled a sudden vacancy in their representation by making choice of Patrick Henry. He had resided among them scarcely a year, but his benignity of temper, pure life, and simplicity of habits, had already won their love. Devoted from his heart to their interest, he never flattered the people, and was never forsaken by them. As he took his place, not yet acquainted with the forms of business in the house, or chap. XIII.} 1765. May. with its members, he saw the time for the e