Mary Aggie and Benefit of Clergy in Virginia

Miserere mei, Deus, secundum magnam misericordiam tuam; et secundum multitudinem miserationum tuarum, dele iniquitatem meam. Psalmus 50. iii. LAWS OF VIRGINIA, MAY 1732−−5th & 6th GEORGE II. CHAP. VII. An Act for settling some doubts and differences of opinion, in relation to the benefit of Clergy; for allowing the same to Women; and taking away […]

Mary Aggie

In one of these Courts, in January last, a Negro woman Slave was tryed for stealing; and as I knew her to be a Christian (for not long before she had, upon some pretence, I forget what, sued for her Freedom in the General Court, where she was examined touching her Faith of which she […]

Virginia, See, Thy Governor Appears!

Recitative. VIRGINIA, see, thy GOVERNOR appears! The peaceful olive in his brow he wears! Sound the shrill trumpets, beat the rattling drums; From Great Britannia’s isle his Lordship comes. Bid Echo from the waving woods arise. And joyful acclamations reach the skies; Let the loud organs join their tuneful roar, And bellowing cannons rend the […]

Cromwell, Lincoln, and Virginia

Cromwell, Lincoln and Virginia. When Oliver Cromwell was installed Protector of England, the Commonwealth of Virginia refused to acknowledge his authority. The English Commonwealth was then at the height of its power, and, at its head, one who was admirably described by Bossuet as “a man of an incredible depth of thought; as profound a […]

“Whereas George Guelf…”

Whereas George Guelf king of Great Britain and Ireland and Elector of Hanover, heretofore entrusted with the exercise of the kingly office in this government hath endeavored to pervert the same into a detestable and insupportable tyranny; by putting his negative on laws the most wholesome & necessary for ye public good; by denying to […]

Pregnant with Ruin

VIRGINIANS FIRST DEFIED ENGLAND.  AN INTERESTING HISTORIC DOCUMENT SHOWS THAT NORFOLK (VA.) CITIZENS WERE AHEAD OF PHILADELPHIANS. The coming Jamestown Exposition brings to light many historic facts long since forgotten. While loath to leave the British Empire, the patriots of Norfolk, Va., were the first to resent the aggression of the British Stamp Act, which led to the American Revolution. Under the name of “The Sons of Liberty” they assembled in Norfolk on March 13, and in bold and determined phrases announced their intention of resisting any […]

The Crying Bloud of Our Pious Souveraigne

Speech of Sir Wm. Berkeley before the Grand Assembly in Virginia, March 1651 (1650/51). GENTLEMEN you perceave by the Declaration that the men of Westminster have set out, which I beleeve you have all seene, how they meane to deal with you hereafter, who in the time of their wooing and courting you propound such hard Conditions to be performed […]

Colours, Gildings, and Embroideries

I doubt not but it was designed to cast a slur upon the vanity of apparel, since it is a thing of so little estimation in the sight of God that He bestows it in the highest degree on the meanest of his creatures. For it is to be presumed, had it been a thing […]

Ye Present Scituation of Affairs

VIRGINIA, October 15, 1712. To ye Council of Trade: MY LORDS: The arrival of the Dulwich Frygat, with her Maj’t’s proclamation for a Cessation of Arms, gives me the opportunity of a few Minutes to inform y’r Lord’ps of ye present Scituation of Affairs in these parts. The Indians continue their Incursions in North Carolina, […]

Take the Hatchet into Y’r Hands

MESSAGE OF GOVERNOR DINWIDDIE TO THE SIX NATIONS January 1754. Brethren of the Six Nat’s: Since the Designs of Y’r Enemies can be no longer doubted of, and it is manifest that they intend to deprive You of Y’r hunting Grounds on the Ohio, and Liberties, and to break the Peace that they have pretended […]

Such an Inveteracy As Justifies My Suspicion

Saturday, the 10th of June, 15 Geo. III. 1775. A Meſſage from the Council by Mr Blair: Mr Speaker,     His Excellency, the Governor, hath deſired the Preſident to communicate to this Houſe his anſwer to the joint Addreſs of the Council and the Houſe of Burgeſſes, preſented Yeſterday to his Excellency; and he preſented […]