Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

From the Collections: A Revolutionary Retires

Academic journal article The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography

From the Collections: A Revolutionary Retires

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Recently, a descendant of State Senator John Preston of Montgomery County offered the Society a dramatic letter written by Virginia's leading Revolutionary, Patrick Henry. In the wake of turmoil over the proposed Jay Treaty with England and the election of a president to succeed the retiring George Washington, the Virginia General Assembly turned to Henry to serve an unprecedented third term as governor of the commonwealth. He had been the Old Dominion's first Revolutionary War governor (1776-79) and had again heeded the call of the commonwealth to that post in 1784. This third election-unsolicited on Henry's part-the statesman politely declined from his home in Charlotte County in a poignant text that reveals the toll that both aze and a life devoted to the law and to public service had taken on him. ;Through the Carrie Wheeler Buck Memorial Fund and the Margaret C. Schweidler Fund, the Society was able to acquire this important piece of Virginia's eighteenth-century history. …

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