Commission for Henry Tazewell to be Captain of a Troop of Horse (Cavalry), 4 Sept. 1777, and signed P. Henry as Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia (1776-1779, 1784-1786. 5.25 x 8.75 in. framed with a lithograph of Henry.
Although some of the better known quotes attributed to Henry have been questioned as actually having been spoken by him, he was certainly a supporter of independence, and seems to have been instrumental in rallying Virginia to the Revolutionary cause. He opposed the Constitution, however, and refused to represent the state at the Constitutional Convention, fearing they were going to revert to a monarchy from the democratic Articles of Confederation. Fortunately, he was wrong, but his influence was felt far beyond his adopted state of Virginia.
Condition: Not removed from frame for examination. Holes along folds repaired; some text missing.