Many will post this day, America’s 237th birthday, about the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence—both sacred documents indeed, and both in need of continuous reading, appreciation and reverence. I would like to do something different today.
To avoid interference from Lieutenant-Governor Dunmore and his Royal Marines, the Second Virginia Convention met on March 20, 1775 inland at Richmond—in what is now called St. John’s Church—instead of the Capitol in Williamsburg. Delegate Patrick Henry presented resolutions to raise a militia, and to put Virginia in a posture of defense. Henry’s opponents urged caution and patience until the crown replied to Congress’ latest petition for reconciliation.
On the 23rd, Henry presented a proposal to organize a volunteer company of cavalry or infantry in every Virginia county. By custom, Henry addressed himself to the Convention’s president, Peyton Randolph of Williamsburg. I consider this to be one of the most stirring, emotional speeches EVER to be uttered on Freedom, on the determination to rid oneself of the boot-on-neck tyranny of iron rule … and TO BE FREE.
Read the rest and Patrick Henry’s letter at JanMorganMedia–