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8827. VIRGINIA, American Revolution and.—

An inquiry into the exertions of Virginia
in the common cause during the period of
her exemption from military invasion would be
proper for the patriotic historian, because her
character has been very unjustly impeached by
the writers of other States, as having used no
equal exertions at that time. I know it to be
false; because having all that time been a
member of the Legislature, I know that our
whole occupation was in straining the resources
of the State to the utmost, to furnish
men, money, provisions and other necessaries to
the common cause. The proofs of this will be
found in the journals and acts of the Legislature,
in executive proceedings and papers, and
in the auditor's accounts. Not that Virginia
furnished her quota of requisitions of either
men or money; but that she was always above
par, in what was actually furnished by the other
To Skelton Jones. Washington ed. v, 461.
(M. 1809)