In 1756, Patrick Henry attacked the Stamp Act and Parliament’s authority to tax the colonists – while suggesting that George III risked Julius Caesar’s fate if he disregarded American liberty – in a famous speech delivered to the Virginia House of Burgesses. The caption beneath the engraved Rothermell scene quotes a portion of Henry’s speech, as well as the angry response from the assembled legislators.
“Caesar had his Brutus — Charles the First, His Cromwell — And George the Third” — (“Treason!” cried the Speaker — “Treason, treason!” echoed from every part of the house). Henry faltered not for an instant, but rising to a loftier attitude, concluded thus – “may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.”
It was treason under British law. Not that Patrick Henry cared, of course.
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