It is not the purpose of this article to set forth any new discovery, nor to present any reflections which are especially startling or original.
The purpose is, to emphasize a neglected fact of American history; a fact attested by ancient records, narrated in historical works, and familiar to historians; yet a fact the full significance of which is not generally recognized.
On the 30th day of July, 1619, the first Legislative Assembly in America convened at Jamestown, Virginia.
This Assembly marked the first victory of popular rights in the Western Hemisphere, and was in some respects, the most remarkable Assembly that ever convened. It was, not only the beacon light of freedom in America, but it, also, exercised an important reflex influence on the constitution of England, and is entitled to be included among the decisive events of history.
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