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[Diary entry: 1 June 1774]

June 1st. Went to Church & fasted all day.

This service was pursuant to the resolution passed on 24 May for a day of fasting, humiliation, and prayer to symbolize Virginia’s solidarity with the people of Boston, and many of the Virginia parishes joined in the observance. In this service at Bruton Parish Church, Rev. Thomas Price, chaplain of the House of Burgesses, preached on the destruction of the city of Sodom, taking for his text the answer to Abraham’s question to the Lord: “Wilt thou also destroy the righteous with the wicked?” And he answered, “I will not destroy it for ten’s sake” (gen., 18:23, 32; see also VAN SCHREEVEN description begins William J. Van Schreeven et al., eds. Revolutionary Virginia: The Road to Independence. A Documentary Record. 7 vols. Charlottesville, Va., 1973–83. description ends , 1:103).

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