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“The right of representation and taxation always went together”

Having spent a week on the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights, I’m going to jump back to 250 years ago and Parliament’s debate over what to do about the Stamp Act. That law was clearly unenforceable in North America. The Marquess of Rockingham’s...
From: Boston 1775 on 27 Jan 2016

Timothy Ruggles Makes His Case

I’m going to jump ahead of the sestercentennial anniversaries to finish the story of Timothy Ruggles’s refusal to sign the results of the Stamp Act Congress he had presided over.In 1766, the Massachusetts House demanded to know what Ruggles...
From: Boston 1775 on 26 Oct 2015

Timothy Ruggles’s Challenge

One of the Stamp Act Congress’s first actions was to elect Timothy Ruggles as the presiding officer. People expected him to be more moderate than his fellow Massachusetts delegate, James Otis, Jr.People also expected Ruggles to sign the public documents...
From: Boston 1775 on 25 Oct 2015

The End of the Stamp Act Congress

By 24 Oct 1765, the Stamp Act Congress had revised and approved its three petitions to different parts of the British government, as described a couple of days back. But delegate Robert Ogden (1716-1787) of New Jersey argued that the congress shouldn’t...
From: Boston 1775 on 24 Oct 2015

The Stamp Act Congress’s Three Messages to London

On the same day that the Stamp Act Congress approved its Declaration of Rights and Grievances, which was mostly for public consumption, it also appointed three committees to draft formal messages to different branches of the British government: Robert...
From: Boston 1775 on 21 Oct 2015

“It is the indispensable duty of these colonies”

By 19 Oct 1765, the Stamp Act Congress had been meeting and debating for over a week and a half. What sort of debate did they have? We have no idea. Clerk John Cotton’s record reads like this:Wednesday, Oct. 9th. 1765, A.M. — Then the congress...
From: Boston 1775 on 19 Oct 2015

Did John Rutledge Meet Sir William Johnson in 1765?

As quoted yesterday, Richard Barry’s 1942 biography of John Rutledge described in dramatic detail how that South Carolina jurist met Sir William Johnson (shown at right, in red), the British Empire’s representative to the Six Nations.According...
From: Boston 1775 on 16 Oct 2015

A Legendary Meeting at the Stamp Act Congress

Here’s a lively picture of events during the Stamp Act Congress, which took place in New York two and a half centuries ago this month.It comes from the pages of Richard Barry’s Mr. Rutledge of South Carolina, a biography of delegate John Rutledge...
From: Boston 1775 on 15 Oct 2015

The Choice between Ruggles and Otis

One of the first acts of the Stamp Act Congress when it convened in New York in October 1765 was to elect a chairman.Arguably, that was the first political office to derive its authority from the thirteen colonies that would form the U.S. of A. eleven...
From: Boston 1775 on 8 Oct 2015

When the Stamp Act Congress Convened

On 7 Oct 1765, the Stamp Act Congress convened at City Hall in New York (shown here). It was a week behind schedule.As proposed by the Massachusetts House of Representatives back in June, this was a convention of delegates from the colonial legislatures...
From: Boston 1775 on 7 Oct 2015

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