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By Robert A. Rutland

George Mason of Gunston corridor used to be a scholarly craftsman of presidency in the course of America's an important early life. His Virginia assertion of Rights supplied a feeling of function and path to the rebellious colonies, and his full of life insistence at the safeguard of non-public liberties within the structure is mirrored within the document's first ten amendments, the invoice of Rights, Fellow Virginian Thomas Jefferson stated of Mason that he "was of the 1st order of greatness".

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Henry supplied the fiery oratory while Lee represented the rising element that in a decade would be called the radical patriot group. If these two men occupied the center of the stage, Mason was close by in the wings, or often in the prompter's box. During the opening scenes of this developing drama he became a close friend of Lee and may have been the coadjutor when Lee wrote a bold address to Governor Fauquier in 1765. " The stamp tax that soon followed quickly raised American hackles. Coming on the heels of the Currency Act, it was to men of Mason's circle a clear case of an illegal levy that had to be re- PATRICK HENRY, the volatile Virginian whose enormous popularity made him the first governor of the new state of Virginia.

If it made him at times a hypochondriac it also furnished him with a convenient reason to avoid bothersome duties, and allusions to him were apt to be qualified by "if Colo. " Certainly he showed up often at the apothecary shops in Williamsburg and Dumfries, where he could A PROPER H O M E 2Q store up nostrums in quantity. Calomel, mercuris dulcis, and ginseng were high on his list of remedies. " What could be better for gout? Crippled and in pain from time to time, Mason passed from youth into middle age as a man of business, a clear thinker, and a normally friendly neighbor.

THE PALLADIAN DRAWING ROOM. A PROPER HOME 17 Buckland had served his master well. Mason was enchanted by Buckland's skill as a woodcarver, and in that respect gave the Englishman free rein. Certainly the entire structure combined classic touches with original qualities of grace and form. Following the style of the day, the ceilings were high and the central passage wide, so that cool breezes could drift through on scorching August days. Between a double elliptical arch in the main hall Buckland carved a pineapple, the ancient symbol of hospitality.

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