The following is an excerpt from a newly published book, Thomas Jefferson - Roots of Religious Freedom. It shows Jefferson's personal involvement with the Peacheys at the beginning stages of the Revolution. To find out more about the book, click on the website below.
“In May, 1769, a meeting of the General Assembly was called by the Governor, Lord Botetourt. I had then become a member; and to that meeting became known the joint resolutions and address of the Lords and Commons, of 1768-9, on the proceedings in Massachusetts. Counter resolutions and an address to the King by the House of Burgesses, were agreed to with little opposition, and a spirit manifestly displayed itself of considering the cause of Massachusetts as a common one. The Governor dissolved us: but we met the next day in the Apollo of the Raleigh tavern, formed ourselves into a voluntary convention, drew up articles of association against the use of any merchandise imported from Great Britain, signed and recommended them to the people, repaired to our several counties, and were re-elected without any other exception than of the very few who had declined assent to our proceedings.” After the meeting Dr. Walker invited Tom to meet with him and another burgess named Thomas Glascock from Richmond County. He lives at Indian Banks and was the brother of Million Glascock, who married Col. William Peachey. “Tom, Peachey is my first cousin, which makes Thomas Glascock my cousin through marriage.” “Doctor Walker, I recall the time when my father and I came to your house. I must have been about twelve at that time. I remember meeting Colonel Peachey and his wife, Million, and their three sons.” “Yes, Tom, I recall that occasion well. Now meet Million Peachey’s brother, Thomas Glascock.” “I’m so pleased to make your acquaintance, sir.” Tom reached out his hand to the man who was his senior. “I heard you were the Justice of Richmond County. Is that correct, Mr. Glascock.” “That’s right, Mr. Jefferson, you are quite observant.” “Being a traveling lawyer, I try to get acquainted with all the county justices. I guess you know why.” “I do my best not to show partiality. So just being on my good side won’t curry you any favors.” “As well as it should be, your honor. You won’t find me seeking preferential treatment,” Jefferson looked at him with a gleam in his eye. “However, I am pleased to welcome you as a fellow burgess.”