Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss. Ask yourselves how this gracious reception of our petition comports with those warlike preparations which cover our waters and darken our land. Are fleets and armies necessary to a work of love and reconciliation? Have we shown ourselves so unwilling to be reconciled, that force must be called in to win back our love? Let us not deceive ourselves, sir. These are the implements of war and subjugationthe last arguments to which kings resort.
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Source Notes: Source: PATRICK HENRY, speech to the Virginia Convention, Richmond, Virginia, March 23, 1775.William Wirt, Sketches of the Life and Character of Patrick Henry, 9th ed., p. 139 .For information on the authenticity of the text of this speech, see the notes at No. 1061.
Patrick Henry (May 29, 1736 June 6, 1799) was a prominent figure in the American Revolution, known and remembered primarily for his stirring oratory. Along with Samuel Adams and Thomas Paine, he was one of the most influential (and radical) advocates of the American Revolution.