I agreed with him when he said, “Trust it not, sir; it will prove a snare to your feet. Suffer not yourselves to be betrayed with a kiss (Henry, 2003).” Although the British signed a peace treaty, they were preparing like people who were ready for war. There are no other enemies that the British had apart from the American colonies. Patrick pointed out that their lands were flocking with the British navy. He told them to look with open eyes and think about a single love and reconciliation treaty that is done with warlike preparations.
If the British were uninterested in winning back the Americans’ love, they could have done it in a friendlier manner.
He asked whether they had been so unworthy that having a peace reconciliation force had to be used. For him, this was no ordinary reconciliation. This act was a declaration of war, and if they were to follow without question, they would find themselves fully colonized and enslaved by the British.
Patrick said, “These are the implements of war and subjugation; the last arguments to which kings resort (Henry, 2003).” This statement meant that what was happening was These are words spoken by Patrick Henry in Virginia at St. Johns church. It was the second convention in 1775, on March 23. He was urging the American colonies to fight against England. Other men had spoken in that meeting and supported the peace treaty offered by England, but Patrick Henry could not be fooled by it. He acknowledged the different opinions because everyone viewed things from different perspectives but then continued to state that “I shall speak forth my sentiments freely and without reserve (Henry, 2003).
” To him, it was a matter of freedom and slavery. It should be known that in less than a month, the first shots of the war were fired.
This talk is about how England and the American colonies had been in disagreement for the longest time. British disregarded everything presented to them by American colonies, be it petitions, supplications, protest, and even “interposition to arrest the tyrannical hands of the ministry and Parliament.” After doing all that, they then come to Americans with a plea of reconciliation. As others saw this as hope, Patrick saw a form of being blinded from seeing what was happening. He asks, “Are we disposed to be of the number of those who, having eyes, see not, and, having ears, hear not?”
He proceeded to tell them that they had been blinded in a way that they do not see things that concern the people’s temporal salvation, which, in my opinion, was valid. He said that he was willing to go through the heights needed, to do all it takes to experience and know the whole truth, go through the worst, and face it all. For the past ten years, their petitions had been received with a snare, Patrick believed that this time would not be any different. He says that a sly smile had received it. Judging from their petitions’ previous outcomes, no ordinary reconciliation; it forced them into submission.
All that had been left of them was to fight. When Patrick was saying this, “We have held the subject up in every light of which it is capable; but it has been all in vain,” he meant that they had done everything. British called them weak and proceeded to state that they could not cope with an adversary. However, Patrick pointed out that “The battle is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave (Henry, 2003).” He said that it was either that time or never. He said that peace was not so sweet or life so dear for them to live in slavery. He also said that they had God to help them fight. He finished by saying, “I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!” On April 19 of the same year, his predicaments came true. I would say that these were not predictions, though, they were just facts according to past experiences.