"They are sent over to bind and rivet upon us those chains which the British ministry have been so long forging...."
See in text (Text of Henry's Speech)
Henry employs metaphorical language to illustrate the control of the British over the thirteen colonies. According to Henry, the British army and navy had bound and riveted, meaning fastened, themselves over the colonies like a chain. This image conjures images of slavery and a master’s complete control over their subservient.
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