ON THIS DAY IN HISTORY, 1775: Patrick Henry delivered his most famous speech during the Second Virginia Convention at St. John’s Church in Richmond. The proximity of British naval forces to Williamsburg had led the body of aspiring traitors to decide it was more prudent to meet farther inland.
With men like George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and Richard Henry Lee looking on from the pews, Henry had risen to speak shortly after introducing a resolution calling for Virginia to mobilize its defenses and arming the militia. “If we wish to be free… we must fight!” he insisted.
This was some four weeks before the shooting war broke out in Lexington and Concord, but he sensed what was coming: “The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms.”
“Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? ...I know not what course others may take, but as for me, give me liberty, or give me death!”
Perhaps the words, “liberty or death,” sewn on the shirts of militiamen were the most contemporary evidence that Henry’s eloquence was accurately remembered. But the historical record is actually murky, since Henry wasn’t one to write down his speeches. The phrases quoted here come from the recollections of St. George Tucker that were not published until 1816.
But there can be no doubt of Patrick Henry’s oratorical skill, and his ability to move others to action. “Men were frenzied under his appeals,” wrote Jefferson, “and seemed to become the mere machines of his will.”
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