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The governor refused to give Peyton Randolph permission to leave the colony, but he left anyway.

In London, he had to answer for his action, and he was ousted from the attorney general's office. Dinwiddie had already named George Wythe as acting attorney general in Randolph's place. Nevertheless, the London officials pointedly suggested that Dinwiddie reconsider his fee and said that they would have no objection to Peyton Randolph's reinstatement if he apologized.

So he did, and subsequently resumed office soon after his return to Williamsburg. With other prominent men, he formed the Associators, a group to raise and pay bounties for private troops to join the regular force at Winchester. George Washington, in charge of the fort there, wasn't sure what he would do with the untrained men if they arrived.

Not enough came, however, to cause any inconvenience. In , Randolph joined the college's board, and he served as a rector for one year. He was reelected burgess for Williamsburg in , and thus entered the phase of his life that thrust him into a leadership role in the Revolution.

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Word of Parliament's intended Stamp Act brought Virginians and their burgesses into conflict with the Crown itself in Peyton Randolph was appointed chairman of a committee to draft protests to the king, the House of Lords, and the House of Commons maintaining the colony's exclusive right of self-taxation. This responsibility put Peyton Randolph at odds with Patrick Henry, the Virginian most noted for opposition to the tax.

At the end of the legislative session in , Henry, a freshman, introduced seven resolutions against the act. Peyton Randolph, George Wythe, and others thought that Henry's resolutions added nothing to the colony's case and that their consideration was improper until the colony had a reply to its earlier protests.

Peyton Randolph, though not yet Speaker, was presiding. When Speaker John Robinson resumed the chair the following day May 30 , Henry carried five of his resolves by a single ballot. A tie would have allowed Robinson to cast the deciding "nay. Patrick Henry left town, and the next day his fifth and most radical resolution was expunged by the burgesses who remained. Nevertheless, it was reprinted with the others in newspapers across the colonies as if it stood. Peyton's brother John succeeded him as attorney general the following June.

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By now the brothers had begun to disagree politically; John's conservatism would take him to England in while Peyton joined the rebellion. This time Peyton Randolph approved their passage, but Governor Botetourt did not. He dissolved the assembly. The "former representatives of the people," as they called themselves, met the next day at the Raleigh Tavern with Speaker Peyton Randolph in the chair.

They adopted a compact drafted by George Mason and introduced by George Washington against the importation of British goods. Speaker Randolph was the first to sign. When the new legislature met in the winter, the governor was pleased to announce the repeal of all of the Townshend Duties, except the small one on tea. Legislative attention turned to other, calmer affairs. The next summer Peyton Randolph became chairman of the building committee for the Public Hospital. Tempers flared again in , when Great Britain proposed to transport a band of Rhode Island smugglers to England for trial.

The implications for Virginia were troublesome, and the burgesses appointed a standing Committee of Correspondence and Inquiry with Speaker Peyton Randolph as chairman. The following May brought word of the closing of the port of Boston in retaliation for its Tea Party. Speaker and Gentlemen of the House of Burgesses, I have in my hand a paper published by order of your House, conceived in such terms as reflect highly upon His Majesty and the Parliament of Great Britain, which makes it necessary for me to dissolve you; and you are accordingly dissolved.

Twenty-five burgesses met at Peyton Randolph's house on May 30 and scheduled a state convention to be held on August 1 to consider a proposal from Boston for a ban on exports to England. Peyton Randolph led the community to Bruton Parish Church on June 1 to pray for Boston, and soon he was organizing a Williamsburg drive to send provisions and cash for its relief. Before he left Williamsburg on August 18, , Peyton Randolph wrote his will, leaving his property to the use of his wife for life.

They had no children. The property was to be auctioned after her death and the proceeds divided among Randolph's heirs. He was elected by unanimous vote. Delegate Silas Deane wrote his wife, "Designed by nature for the business, of an affable, open and majestic deportment, large in size, though not out of proportion, he commands respect and esteem by his very aspect, independent of the high character he sustains.

In October , Peyton Randolph returned to Williamsburg to preside at an impending meeting of the house.

Repeatedly postponed, it did not meet until the following June. Nonetheless, on November 9 Peyton Randolph accepted a copy of the Continental Association banning trade with England signed by nearly merchants gathered in Williamsburg. Peyton Randolph was in the chair again at the Second Virginia Convention in Richmond on March 23 when Patrick Henry rose and made his "Liberty or Death" speech in favor of the formation of a statewide militia. Alerted to the theft, a mob gathered at the courthouse. Peyton Randolph was one of the leaders who persuaded the crowd to disperse and averted violence.

With his operas, too, he was moving on in leaps and bounds, sounding ever more profound notes. When a commission came that year from Munich, the resulting work, Lafinta giardiniera an opera buffa is yards more accomplished than his previous comic work, Lafinta semplice. Of course, it also provided Mozart with a reason to leave Salzburg. He and his father arrived in Munich on 6 December that year to attend rehearsals of the new opera. On 30 December, he wrote to Nannerl again, with instructions for what she must do when she journeyed out to be with them.

He signed himself: "Jam, as always, your Munich. In his next letter, he signed off: "Farewell!

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A thousand kisses to Bimberl. Salzburg beckoned — or, should we say, there were no more reasons to be away — and the trio of Mozarts arrived home on 7 March.

Besides, there was important work to do back home. Archduke Maximilian was about to visit Colloredo and Mozart was instructed to provide the music for his entertainment, which he did. In fact, for the whole of , Mozart concentrated on his proper job in Salzburg. His increasing mastery of his art meant that this was a creative purple patch, particularly with the five Violin Concertos, composed between April and December this year.

The most well- known — Nos. They would have been written for him to perform himself and he would have led the Salzburg court orchestra from the violin. Much like the previous 12 months, Mozart spent writing at his now familiar frantic rate of composition. Chief among the works that year, though, was something that was not even composed to be seriously heard.

It was Mozart muzak. Despite his state workload, Mozart often took on personal commissions. Mozart was increasingly frustrated with his home town and, once again, requested leave of absence. Colloredo, one might think fairly, considering the amount of time off he has already given Mozart over the years, refused.

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He was so annoyed at yet another petition for leave of absence that he sacked both Mozart and Leopold, albeit in a pointedly laconic way:. Leopold, ever thoughtful about his long-term security, must have been beside himself. He resigned himself immediately to staying at home and more or less begged for his job back.

Mozart, by the same token, decided to leave anyway. As a result, a carriage was hired and, on 23 September, he set out — minus his father but this time with his mother — and headed first for Munich and then Augsburg. Leopold was born in Augsburg and he still had family there. Almost immediately, he fell in love with another girl. Aloysia Weber was one of three daughters of a musician and music copyist, Fridolin Weber. But that was a long way off at this point.

Leopold, on the other hand, filled his letters of the time with calls for his son to leave them alone — especially Aloysia — and to get on to Paris, to become a celebrity and to make some money. But this does seem unfair to us.