"My Millinery shop is full of goods and fashions imported from England. If the politicians adopt a non-importation protest because of this affair in Boston I will not be able to import goods to sell in my shop. If I cannot sell imported goods, I cannot make a living and suppose that I will have to return to England until Liberty of Importation is once again allowed in Virginia."

--Paraphrased from the Virginia Gazette, Dixon and Hunter, April 29, 1775

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Catherine Rathell
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