Publication Year: 1980
Published by: Louisiana State University Press
Title Page, Copyright Page
THAT the name of George Mason should be acclaimed throughout the Republic whose birth pangs he shared, and indeed throughout the free...
THE Potomac River south of Washington alters its slow, southeasterly course to form a giant horseshoe whose open end looks toward Baltimore...
1. Heir to a Personal Dominion
MENTION the Northern Neck to a present-day Virginian and there will arise in his mind the image of a long, flat finger of land still predominantly...
2. A Proper Home
MASON could have built a larger house, but he planned Gunston Hall exactly as he was learning to approach most human endeavors— with moderation...
3. "The Necessity of the Times"
HISTORICAL "ifs" are guesswork, therefore useful only when they set off a fact more clearly by focusing on its opposite. If there had been no Stamp...
4. Crisis at Williamsburg
As he rode south, Mason reflected on his two sorrowful years as a widower, and on the ominous prospect facing the Colony. The same month Ann died, March, 1773, the House of Burgesses in Williamsburg...
5. Victory—and New Conflict
IN December of 1770 Mason declared that Americans regarded independence as "the wildest chimera that ever disturbed a madman's brain...
6. Constitution and Compromise
BY the spring of 1787 the political apparatus of the young United States government was operating at a level of dismal inefficiency. Disabled from the start by the lack of taxing and regulatory authority...
7. The Antifederalist Crusade
THE distressing outcome of four sultry months in Philadelphia, amplified by the accident and bloodletting in Maryland, was the climax of an adventure...
8. Retreat to Gunston Hall
THE discord at the ratifying convention left its scars. Colonel Mason now spoke of Edmund Randolph as "young A-- d," comparing his former associate with the detested Benedict Arnold. Washington himself...
The Virginia Declaration of Rights
A DECLARATION of RIGHTS made by the representatives of the good people of Virginia, assembled in f u l l and free Convention; which rights do pertain to them, and their posterity, as the basis and foundation of government...
A Note on the Sources
Scattered letters from George Mason's pen now rest in collections from Boston to Richmond, but the main body is gathered in the Mason papers...
This book benefited immeasurably from the editorial hand of James R. Short of Colonial Williamsburg, who gave the manuscript a final polish...
Page Count: 144
Publication Year: 1980
OCLC Number: 826657980
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