Lead: At the time Patrick Henry gave his famous speech at St. John's Church in Richmond in March 1775, few people knew of the personal tragedy through which his family was going.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

At the moment the patriot leader was calling for arming the Virginia militia, his wife was at home suffering a severe mental illness.

The son of Henry's physician later wrote that while Henry was arousing a nation to arms, "his soul was bowed down and bleeding under the heaviest sorrows and personal distress." Mrs. Henry's dementia was so acute that she had to be restrained in a basement room and placed in a strait dress to prevent her from taking her own life. Each day, Henry opened the trap-door in the hall near the entrance to the house and went down to feed her himself.  

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