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- n. the lower house of legislature in colonial Virginia
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That victory ended the war for a time, and Washington returned to Virginia to marry a charming and wealthy widow, Mrs. Martha Custis, and to take the seat in the House of Burgesses to which he had just been elected.
A battle-scarred veteran of British campaigns against the Spanish in Panama and Colombia, he was also a member of the House of Burgesses and adjutant general with the rank of major of the militia in his district, and he had married into the family of Lord Edward Fairfax, one of the chief proprietors of the region.
In Charleston, South Carolina, patriot authorities began to fortify the harbor against a possible British siege, and in Williamsburg members of the Virginia House of Burgesses clothed themselves in homespun garments with the words LIBERTY OR DEATH stitched across their coats.
Montague, agent of the House of Burgesses in England, made extracts from the bill, copied the names, and sent them to Peyton Randolph.
Whatever was told by Smith, Beverly, Keith, Stith, and Burk with his continuators, or by Hening in the statutes at large, or in the journals of the House of Burgesses and of the House of Delegates, or could be gathered from the living voice for eighty years, he knew intimately and could recall at a moment's notice.
Virginia took its place beside Massachusetts as the Virginia House of Burgesses passed resolutions of its own solemnly declaring that the people of the colony could be taxed only by their representatives and that it was both lawful and just for the colonies to unite in protest against violations of their rights.