Patrick Henry before the House of Burgesses at Richmond, Virginia, (painting)
Rothermel, P. F.
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 80
"A violent debate ensued, and Henry's energies were aroused in all their majesty and might. His eloquence, sometimes deeply pathetic, and other times full of denunciatory invective, shook the assembly like thunder peals. In the midst of the harangue he exclaimed, in clear bell tones, 'Caesar had his Brutus, Charles the First his Cromwell; and George the Third'--'Treason' cried the excited speaker. And 'Treason, Treason' was shouted from every part of the house. Henry did not falter for a moment. Rising to a loftier attitude, and fixing his eyes, beaming with the fire of exalted genius, upon the speaker, he concluded the sentence with--'may profit by their example. If this be treason, make the most of it.'" Vide Lossing's "Field Book of the Revolution," p. 277. [P. 2.]
Catalogue of Pictures, Statuary, and Bronzes in the Gallery of Joseph Harrison, Jr., Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia. 1870.