Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Praying for death

Patrick Henry, agitating for a bill to pay for Christian educators to bring the US out of a post-Independence slump, was opposed by Madison and Jefferson. Madison said that their primary task would be "to overcome the tremendous influence which Henry's oratory exerted in the Virginia Assembly." His oratory seemed so strong that Jefferson wrote, "What we have to do, I think, is devotedly to pray for his death."

Seems a bit of an extreme punishment for the "Give me a funding bill or give me death" rhetor.


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