THE NATION: The Perils of Peace

In the restored House of Burgesses at Williamsburg, where Patrick Henry declaimed against the Stamp Act ("If this be treason, make the most of it"), a Virginia lady in lace cap and farthingale had words last week with Georgy Zarubin, emissary of the biggest colonial power on earth. "This is hallowed ground," Mrs. John Henderson, a guide, explained to Soviet Ambassador Zarubin, who was there with 30 fellow diplomats for the 180th anniversary celebration of the Virginia Declaration of Rights. "This is a shrine to the principles of freedom," she went on,...

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