VIRGINIA: To the Fair Isle

One enthusiastic spectator who was in the Field of Mars on the first anniversary of the fall of the Bastille was an Irish gentleman named Harman Blennerhassett. A native of County Kerry, a graduate of Dublin's Trinity College and a member of the Irish bar, he wandered the Continent for several years. Profoundly excited by the writings of Voltaire and Rousseau, Blennerhassett had been attracted to Paris, where he soon began intensively cultivating the taste for revolution and romanticism which was to be his ruin a few years later a few...

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