The corporal was thunder-struck. It was Washington!
When Washington had closed his career in the French and Indian War,
he became a member of the House of Burgesses.
The Speaker was directed, by a vote of the House,
to return their thanks to that officer for the distinguished military services which he had rendered to his country.
As soon as Washington entered the House, the Speaker, in obedience to this order,
and following the impulse of his own grateful heart, discharged the duty with great dignity.
But he spoke with such warmth of colouring, and strength of expression, that the young hero was entirely confounded.
He rose to express his thanks for the honour which had been done to him; but such were his emotion and confusion,
that he could not give distinct utterance to a single syllable.
He blushed, stammered, and trembled for a second, when the Speaker relieved him by a happy stroke of address.
"Sit down, Mr. Washington," said he, with a reassuring smile;
"we perceive that your modesty is equal to your valour, and that surpasses the power of any language that I possess."