The Sparrowhawk Companion

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and the Frenchman, possibly a member of the minor French nobility in service to his government, was confused about what was happening and who was saying what. After all, the French
parlement
had not met in half a century.
    Fauquier in his report also mentions that a copy of the Stamp Act had “crept into the house,” but there is no evidence that the House ever had a copy of the Act at the time a protest to it was being debated, nor any evidence that any copies of it had reached North America in the spring of 1765. If a copy of the Act had been in the hands of the House, he certainly would have been loaned it to see what all the uproar was about. But in his report to the Board, there is not a single mention of any of its particulars. He would receive a copy of the Act long after it went into effect, November 1 of the same year.
    Some accounts, including the anonymous Frenchman’s, report that all seven Resolves were debated; others, only the first five. Fauquier implies that the sixth and seventh Resolves were in their advocates’ “pocket” but were not discussed. That the fifth was erased from the journal record is a matter of fact. I anticipate this shameful action in the chapter set in the Commons, when Dogmael Jones’s lone “nay” against the Stamp Act is nullified when a clerk is bribed to record the House vote as “unanimous.”
    How were Henry’s Resolves—all seven of them, and not just the four that were passed by the House—broadcast to the other colonies, and so soon after their adoption? No one knows. Possibly Henry was responsible, but how? He was new to politics, and there is no evidence he was in correspondence with the editors and printers of colonial newspapers or in contact with other colonial representatives. Possibly one of his allies in the House undertook the task of copying out theResolves and sending them out. There is no evidence of that having happened, either. The Resolves certainly do not appear in the
Virginia Gazette
of the period, for the newspaper was more or less controlled by the Lieutenant-Governor, and the printer, Joseph Royle, a Tory, would not have been inclined to print them even had he the freedom to publish them.
    All these gaps required decisions on how best to fill them. So, I wrote Henry’s speech, recreated the debates, and saw to the broadcasting of the Resolves. Other gaps in the historical record were similarly exploited. The events, if they were integral to the story, were too important to neglect or gloss over.
    Here I end my comments on this magnum opus. And here I shall repeat something I wrote in the acknowledgments in
Books One
and
Two
: I owe a debt of thanks to the Founders for having given me something worth writing about, and a country in which to write it.
     
    1. Ayn Rand, “What is Romanticism?” in
The Romantic Manifesto: A Philosophy of Literature,
revised edition (New York: Signet, 1975), 99.
    2. Ayn Rand, Introduction (1968) to
The Fountainhead
, (New York: Plume, 2005), vii.
    3. Ayn Rand, in
Ayn Rand Answers: The Best of Her Q&A
, Robert Mayhew, ed. (New York: New American Library, 2005), 188.
    4. Ayn Rand, “What is Romanticism?” 99.
    5. Edward Cline,
Sparrowhawk Book One: Jack Frake
(San Francisco: MacAdam/Cage, 2001), 148.
    6.
Pears Cyclopædia
(New York: Schocken Books, 1970), 13.

THE REVOLUTIONARIES
    by Edward Cline
    “Every idea needs a visible envelope, every principle needs a habitation,” wrote Victor Hugo in his last novel,
Quatre-vingt-treize
(
Ninety-Three
), 1 set in the French Revolution during the Reign of Terror, published in 1874.
    Hugo was writing about the first French Revolutionary Convention in Paris in September 1792. In this chapter he describes in meticulous detail the hall in which the Convention was held as a stage for drama. The hall was the “envelope” of that Convention, while
Ninety-Three
, the novel, itself is the “envelope” of an idea, postmarked 1793, but containing what Ayn Rand, who wrote an

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