Patrick Henry—Voice of the American Revolution
May 29, 1736 – June 6, 1799.
Bold Language of Patrick Henry.
WHEN Patrick Henry, who gave the first impulse to the ball of the American revolution, introduced his celebrated resolution on the stamp act into the House of Burgesses, of Virginia, May, 1765, while descanting on that hateful act, he exclaimed, “Cæsar had his Brutus: Charles the First had his Cromwell; and George the Third” (“Treason!” cried the speaker. “Treason! Treason!” echoed from every part of the house.) It was one of those moments which are decisive of character. Henry faltered not for an instant; but rising to a loftier attitude, and fixing on the speaker an eye flashing with fire, he continued, “and George the Third may profit by their example. If there be treason in this, make the most of it.”
—Freeman Hunt (An American), American Anecdotes (1830).