"In the Beginning, all America was Virginia."
William Byrd II
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Causes of the Revolution Gallery

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Bell from St. John's Church
Bell from St. John's Church, Richmond, site of Patrick Henry’s “Give me liberty or give me death!” speech of 1775 Patrick Henry argued that only colonial assemblies can make laws for the colonies. He urged Virginians to prepare for war with England. For them to do so, however, would be treason, punishable by hanging.
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“Patrick Henry Arguing the Parson’s Cause at the Hanover County Courthouse"
“Patrick Henry Arguing the Parson’s Cause at the Hanover County Courthouse,” painted about 1834, 1965.2 Colonists subsidized the salaries of priests and were pleased when new laws reduced those salaries. When King George III issued a veto, clergy sued their communities for back pay. Patrick Henry, defending Hanover County, asserted that a king who vetoed popular laws was a tyrant who should not be obeyed.
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Portrait of Ralph Wormeley V
Portrait of Ralph Wormeley V, painted in England upon his graduation from Trinity Hall, Cambridge in 1763, 1951.22 Some planters––like Ralph Wormeley––remained firmly Loyalist. Wormeley said that he bore “the accursed Tyranny [of rebellion] with… impatient mortification.”
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”Repeal of the American Stamp Act”
”Repeal of the American Stamp Act” spoon, 1766, 1972.12 Landon Carter of Richmond County directed his London merchant to send him tablespoons––if the Stamp Act was repealed, send them in silver but if not in lowly horn or bone.
Bell from St. John's Church
Bell from St. John's Church
“Patrick Henry Arguing the Parson’s Cause at the Hanover County Courthouse"
“Patrick Henry Arguing the Parson’s Cause
Portrait of Ralph Wormeley V
Portrait of Ralph Wormeley V
”Repeal of the American Stamp Act”
”Repeal of the American Stamp Act”