Even then, when the author sat down to the task of embody- ing his materials, there were so many intricacies to dis- entangle, and so many inconsistencies, from time to time, to explain and settle, and that too, through the tedious agency of cross-mails, that his progress was continually impeded, and has been, to him, most painfully, retarded.Other causes too, have contributed to delay the pub- lication.This he has done, without the slightest intention to throw a shadow of sus- picion on the credit of any gentleman, who has been so obliging as to answer his inquiries ; but merely from the necessity wliich he was under, either of making some selection J or abandoning the work altogether ; and be- cause he knew of no better rule of selection, than that w liicli he has adopted.Althougli it has been so long since the collection of these materials was begun, it was not until the summer of 1814 that the last communication Avas received. From judge Tyler, the au- thor received a very minute and interesting communica- tion of incidents, the whole of which had either passed in his own presence, or had been related to him by Mr. The writer is indebted to judge Tucker for two or three of his best incidents ; one of them will probably, be pronounced the most interesting passage of the w ork. v." In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled " An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned." — And also to the act, entitled " An act supplementary to an act, entitled ' An act for the encouragement of learning by securing the co- pies of maps, charts, and books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned,' and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of designing, engraving, and etching historical and other prints." D. TO THE YOUNG MEN OF VIRGINIA THIS WORK IS RESPECTFULLY INSCRIBED, BY THE AUTHOR. ix delegates together, and their friendship continued until it was severed by death.Edmund Randolph ; which embraces the whole period of Mr. In addition to these stores of information, the author has had the good fortune to procure complete files of the public newspapers, reaching from the year 1765 down to the close of the American revolution ; by these, he has been enabled to correct, in some important instances, tlie memory of his correspondents, in relation not only to dates, but to facts themselves.He has been fortunate too, in having procured seve- ral original letters which shed much light on important and hitherto disputed facts, in the life of Mr. The records of the general court, and the archives of the state having been convenient to the author, and al- ways open to him, he has endeavoured assiduously PREFACE.
Henry to him, from his first appearance on the public stage.
pcaledly, with his ahlc counsel, in reconciling apparent contradictions, and clearing away difficulties of fact.
Besides these statements, drawn from tlie memory of liis correspondents, tlie writer was favoured by the late governor Page, witli tlie reading of a pretty extended sketch which lie had, liimself, prepared of the life of Mr.
^ '^ THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY REFERENCE DEPARTMENT This book is under no circumstances to be taken from the Building 1 '■♦■"■■■'' - ,-■ ' i VAW L •».» ^ form ^10 /l/^i Tl / I ■ -1 / PUBLISHED IJ\' J.'\VT: BSTER i EM£'IB3^]K l EESMMr To £iit£r,d U»/'.^U/ii/'//fr Sfn Ut'l'JP'Ht^y/tu SKETCHES OF THE LIFE AMD CHAKACTE OF PATRICK HENRY. "In quo hoc maximum est, quod neque ante ilium, quem ille imitaretur, neque post ilium, qui cum imitari posset, inventus est." •^^^JEHC. 'cs^.; V.' ; PHILADELPHIA : PUBLISHED BY JAMES WEBSTER, No. EIGHTH STREET William Brown, Printer, Prune-street. In quo hoc maximum est, quod neque ante ilium, *' quem ille imitaretur, neque post ilium, qui eum imitari posset, inventus " est. Henry, which has been furnished from any quarter : and he stands farther indebted to liim for a rare and (to the purpose of this work) a very important book; tlie journals of the house of burgesses for the years 1763^4-5-6 and 7- From judge lloane, the author has received one of the fairest and most satisfactory communications that has been made to him ; and the vigour and elegance with which that gentleman writes, has frequently enabled the author, to relieve the dulness of his own narrative, by extracts from his statements. Jefferson too, has exercised his well known kindness and candour on this occasion ; having not only favoured the author with a very full communication in ihe first instance : but assisted him, subsequently and re X PREFACE.
BE IT REMEMBERED, That, on the eleventh day of October, in tlie forty- second year of the Independence of the United States of America, A. 1817, James Webster, of the said District, hath deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, in the words following, to wit : " Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry By William Wirt, of *' Riciimond, Virginia. He owes to the same gentleman too, the fullest and live- liest description of the person of Mr.