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Why do we have a meeting room?
Posted: Sun Nov 07, 2021 12:03 am
A tavern in the late 18th century was popular among the colonists, for food, drink, and companionship. More importantly, the tavern was a place to gather with others for a discussion, share news, share warnings or information, and organize the revolution. Jefferson met in the Raleigh Tavern, located in Albemarle County of Virginia, in late 1772 discussing, as a Burgess member, resolutions against the Parliament’s authority to levy taxes in Virginia. Agreeing together with the other Burgess members to stop importing or purchasing goods from Britain after September 1. The Townshend Duties, as the levies were called, were repealed, except for the tea. Parliament issued the Boston Port Act, levying taxes on the importation of tea. We all know how Bostonian colonists reacted. To show sympathy to fellow colonists the Burgesses motioned on May 24th in the tavern, to hold a day of fasting and prayer on June 1, 1773. The governor of Virginia, Lord Dunmore, dissolved the House of Burgesses upon hearing this to prevent trouble. After Dunmore dissolved the House of Burgesses, Jefferson, and the other former Burgesses, now a group of fellow colonists with vast grievances, met at the Raleigh Tavern, in the Appolo meeting room, to agree together to halt all importation of goods from Britain. Here they decided to call for a continental congress, making a declaration that “an attack, made on one of our sister colonies” to compel such colony to arbitrary taxes, is an attack on all the colonies. Jefferson after leaving the tavern penned a call out to his fellow constituents to observe June 1st as a day of fasting. In July of 1773, he was elected to the First Virginia Convention, drafting the Albemarle Resolves, that proclaimed that “no other Legislature whatever can rightly exercise authority over them; and that these privileges they hold as the common rights of mankind.”
This was the beginning of the revolution that resulted in the founding of the Republic of America. A tavern meeting room can change the course of history.