Give Me Liberty

The Struggle for Self-Government in Virginia

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Published: 1958
Language: English
Wordcount: 108,024 / 337 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 69.6
LoC Category: E
Downloads: 507
Added to site: 2010.11.27
mnybks.net#: 29704
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genres: History, Post-1930
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ll the Councillors, Captains, and other officers, and all the gentlemen, and with a band of fifty halberdiers in his Lordships livery, fair red cloaks, on each side and behind him. The Lord Governor sat in the choir in a green velvet chair, with a velvet cushion before him on which he knelt."[9]

But that Lord De la Warr proved to be a mild and just Governor by no means obscures the evils inherent in absolutism. A good ruler may be succeeded by a bad one. In ancient Rome the people benefited by the establishing of law and order under the great Augustus, but they suffered from the cruelty of the insane Caligula and the dissolute Nero. So it boded no good for Virginia when De la Warr fell ill. "I was welcomed by a hot and violent ague," he tells us. This was followed by an attack of dysentery. "Then the cramp assaulted my weak body with strong pains, and afterward the gout." Finally scurvy came to add to his woes, so that he "was upon the point to leave this world." In desperation he set sail for the West

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