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The East India Company and Parliament’s Fateful Decision of 1767

India, the fabled land of rubies, diamonds, gold, tigers, and mystery, captured the imagination of the British people in the mid 1700s. Robert Clive... The post The East India Company and Parliament’s Fateful Decision of 1767 appeared first on Journal...

The Exception to “No Taxation Without Representation”

“I know not why we should blush to confess that molasses was an essential ingredient in American independence.”— John Adams[1] A one penny per... The post The Exception to “No Taxation Without Representation” appeared first...

James Grant’s American Confession

In American history, the name James Grant became synonymous with advocacy for British supremacy in colonial matters. For much of Grant’s early military career,... The post James Grant’s American Confession appeared first on Journal of the...

A New Approach to “American Affairs” in 1767

On 6 July 1767, 250 years ago today, the Boston Post-Boy printed important news from London. A letter dated 11 May described the new policy of Britain’s finance minister, Charles Townshend:A few Days before the House of Commons adjourned for the...
From: Boston 1775 on 6 Jul 2017

Franklin’s Questioning Continued

Here’s more of Benjamin Franklin’s testimony before Parliament about the unfavorable American reaction to the Stamp Act.These questions come from a stretch of the recorded questions that Franklin identified as asked “chiefly by the former...
From: Boston 1775 on 14 Feb 2016

“Happy Years to the Sons of LIBERTY”

Since there’s no better time to quote carrier verses about the Stamp Act than now, the sestercentennial of the period when that law remained a hot topic in North American politics, here’s another example.This one comes from New York and is...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Jan 2016

John Huske on “an inland tax” for North America

As shown yesterday, on 1 Nov 1765 Bostonians hung an effigy of John Huske from Liberty Tree. Most histories say this was based on the mistaken notion that Huske had proposed the Stamp Act in Parliament when in fact he had opposed it.I’ve found two...
From: Boston 1775 on 3 Nov 2015

“There’s that Villain H—k”

On 1 Nov 1765, Bostonians hung two men in effigy from Liberty Tree. One was George Grenville, the prime minister who had sponsored the Stamp Act.The other was identified in the newspapers as “J–hn H–sk–” or “J—n...
From: Boston 1775 on 2 Nov 2015

“The day the stamp-Act was to take Place”

The Stamp Act was scheduled to take effect on the first day of November in 1765. After that date, all courts in British North America were supposed to reject filings that weren’t on stamped paper. All ships leaving American ports on or after that...
From: Boston 1775 on 1 Nov 2015

Virginia Considers a Firm Stand Against the Stamp Act

Britain’s North American colonies had a chance to weigh in on the Stamp Act before Parliament passed it, as described back here. All of them said it would be a Bad Thing. Few or none offered any alternative way for the Crown to raise revenue for...
From: Boston 1775 on 29 May 2015

Stamp Act Approved by King, Leading to a Change of Government

On 22 Mar 1765, the Stamp Act for North America received the royal sign-off necessary before becoming law. However, George III never approved the bill. He approved of it, it’s clear, but in March 1765 when the bill reached that stage he was ill and...
From: Boston 1775 on 22 Mar 2015

Stamp Act Approved by Lords

On 27 Feb 1765 the House of Commons gave final approval to the new Stamp Act for North America. The bill then moved on to the House of Lords.The North American colonies had some friends in the British peerage, or at least men willing to argue against...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 Mar 2015

Introducing the Stamp Act

On 6 Feb 1765, two and a half centuries ago, the chief British minister, George Grenville (1712-1770, shown here), formally introduced the Stamp Act into the House of Commons. That wasn’t a sudden move. Grenville had floated the idea of a stamp tax—in...
From: Boston 1775 on 6 Feb 2015

The Stamp Act – A Brief History

Within a decade of the passage of the Stamp Act, England and her colonies would go to war. The Act would have a profound effect on both Parliament and the American colonists. Both sides would be tested and each was unwilling to yield from their position....

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