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f fees for conniving at the acquisitions of others, selfishly seconded, in flagrant disregard of his instructions. To Lady Dunmore, who had just arrived, the assembly voted a congratulatory address, and its members joined to give her a ball. The fe attend church clad in mourning. On the morning which followed the adoption of Chap. III.} 1774. May. this measure, Dunmore dissolved the House. The burgesses immediately repaired to the Raleigh tavern, about one hundred paces from the capitoldence to invite a general concurrence in this design. As yet social relations were not embittered. Washington, of whom Dunmore sought information respecting western affairs, continued his visits at the governor's house; the ball in honor of Lady DLady Dunmore was well attended. Not till the offices of courtesy and of patriotism were fulfilled, did most of the burgesses return home, leaving their committee on duty. On the afternoon of Sunday the twenty-ninth, the letters from Boston reached Will
thirteen colonies organizing themselves as one people, on occasion of the fast, issued a proclamation against hypocrisy and sedition. Meantime New York had grown weary of dissensions. The persons nominated for congress gave in writing a satisfactory profession of their zeal for liberty; and on the twenty-seventh of July, the nomination was unanimously ratified by the inhabitants. Yet the delegation was lukewarm and divided, leaving Virginia to give the example of energy and courage. Dunmore had issued writs for an assembly; but the delegates from the different counties of Virginia none the less assembled in provincial convention. Illness detained Jefferson on the road, but he sent for consideration a paper which expressed his convictions and distinctly foreshadowed the declaration of independence. Enumerating the grievances which affected all the colonies, he made a special complaint of a wrong to Virginia. For the most trifling reasons, Chap. VI.} 1774. July. said he, an
ley, both by water and land. Commissioned by Dunmore as captaincommandant for Pittsburg and its dees to support their indisputable right. This Dunmore passionately resented as a personal insult, a of parliament to the province of Quebec; yet Dunmore professed to conduct the government and grantOn the other hand, a party of white men, with Dunmore's permission, destroyed an Indian village on which he found deserted. The summons from Dunmore, borne beyond the Blue Ridge, roused the setth the Ohio. But no message reached them from Dunmore. Of all the Western Indians, the Shawanesetle. Following orders tardily received from Dunmore, the little army, Chap. XV.} 1774 Oct. leavi about seven miles southeast of Circleville, Dunmore admitted them to a conference. Logan did notirginia has left on record her judgment, that Dunmore's conduct in this campaign was truly noble, wlarge a body of armed men under a leader like Dunmore. They, therefore, held themselves bound to p[2 more...]
l eyes turned to Washington as Jan. 17. the adviser in military affairs. On the seventeenth of January he presided over a meeting of the men of Fairfax county between sixteen and fifty years of age, who voted to enroll themselves in companies of sixty-eight men, under officers of their own choice. They also formed an association to defend their re ligion, laws, and rights. The committee of North- Chap. XIX.} 1775. Jan. ampton county offered a premium for the manufacture of gunpowder. Dunmore's excursion to the frontiers had justified a prorogation of the assembly until the second of February; but when, near the end of January, the colony was surprised by a further prorogation to May, Peyton Randolph, as the organ of the people against the representative of the crown, called upon the several counties to choose deputies to a colony convention to be held on the twentieth of March. Maryland was encouraged by Thomas Johnson, a patriot venerated and loved for his private virtues;
eference to all others. Before dissolving their body, they elected their former delegates to the general congress, in May, adding to the number Thomas Jefferson, in case of the non-attendance of Peyton Randolph. To intimidate the Virginians, Dunmore issued various proclamations, and circulated a rumor that he would excite an insurrection of their slaves. He also sent a body of marines in the night preceding the twenty-first of April, to carry off the gunpowder, stored at Williamsburg in thries could be depended upon for any service which respected the liberties of America. The Albemarle volunteers were ready to resent arbitrary power, or die in the attempt. I expect the magistrates of Williamsburg, on their allegiance, such was Dunmore's message, to stop the march of the people now on their way, before they enter this city; otherwise it is my fixed purpose to arm all my own negroes, and receive and declare free all others that will come to me. I do enjoin the magistrates and a
bring about a reconciliation. Virginia was still angry at the seizure of its provincial magazine and at the menace of Dunmore to encourage an insurrection of slaves, when on the second day of May, at the cry from Lexington, the independent compan the way it was thought that his army increased to five thousand. There is scarce a county of the whole colony, wrote Dunmore, wherein part of the people have not taken up arms, and declared their intention of forcing me to make restitution of thould be seized by insurgent slaves. Message after message could not arrest the march or change the purpose of Henry. Lady Dunmore, who need have feared nothing for herself, professed to dread being retained as a hostage, and with her family retiredpowder, the next Virginia convention directed the excess to be restored. Two days after the return of the volunteers, Dunmore issued a proclamation against a certain Patrick Henry, and his deluded followers; and secretly denounced him to the mini
he Highlanders and others in the interior of North Carolina, might be induced to rise, and be formed into a battalion. Against Chap. Xxxiii} 1775. June. Virginia, whose people were thought to exceed all bounds in their madness, it was intended to employ a separate squadron, and a small detachment of regular troops. Three thousand stand of arms, with two hundred rounds of powder and ball for each musket, together with four pieces of light artillery, were instantly shipped for the use of Dunmore; and as white men could not be found in sufficient numbers to use them, the king rested his confidence of success in checking the rebellion on the ability of his governor to arm Indians and negroes enough to make up the deficiency. This plan of operations bears the special impress of George the Third. At the north, the king called to mind that he might rely upon the attachment of his faithful allies, the Six Nations of Indians, and he turned to them for immediate assistance. To insure
political body, without giving umbrage to Great Britain, or any of the colonies, to frame rules for the government of our little society, cannot be doubted by any sensible or unbiassed mind. So reasoned the fathers of Kentucky. In their legislation, it was their chief care to copy after the happy pattern of the English laws. Their colony they called Transylvania. Their titles to their lands they rested on a deed from the head warriors of the Cherokees as the first owners of the soil. Dunmore had taunted them with opening an asylum for debtors and disorderly persons; they repelled the calumny by instituting courts of justice. For defence against the savages, they organized a militia; they discountenanced profane swearing and sabbath breaking; they took thought for preventing the waste of game, and improving the breed of horses; and by solemn agreement they established as the basis of their constitution, the annual choice of delegates; taxes to be raised by the convention alone
ised the importance of the newly created continental power. The session was opened by a speech recommending accommodation on the narrow basis of the resolve which the king had accepted. But the moment chosen for the discussion was inopportune; Dunmore's menace to raise the standard of a servile insurrection, and set the slaves upon their masters, with British arms in their hands, filled the South with horror and alarm. Besides, the Chap. Xxxvii} 1775. June. retreat from Concord raised thesaction, which proved conclusively his open avowal of an intention to raise, free, and arm slaves. Meantime their consultations extended through several days, and Jefferson was selected to draft their reply. While the house was thus engaged, Dunmore received an express from Gage to acquaint him of his intention to publish a proclamation, proscribing Samuel Adams and Hancock; and fearing he might be seized and detained as a hostage, he suddenly, in the night following the seventh of June, wi