On this date in 1775, Patrick Henry donned his wookie suit and addressed the Virginia House of Burgesses:
It is in vain, sir, to extenuate the matter. Gentlemen may cry, Peace, Peace — but there is no peace. The war is actually begun! The next gale that sweeps from the north will bring to our ears the clash of resounding arms! Our brethren are already in the field! Why stand we here idle? What is it that gentlemen wish? What would they have? Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!He was, of course, sat down and told that grownups were hammering out improved compromise legislation with the King and that they were certain to pick up more friendly seats in Parliament in the next election cycle.