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Virtuous as Pitt ' s own motives undoubtedly were , his course at this time has
generally been regarded as the great mistake of his political career . Early in
1767 the landed gentry secured the passage of an act reducing the land tax .
The Virginia House of Burgesses protested strongly against the proposed action
as a flagrant violation of the right of Englishmen to be tried by a jury of the
vicinage and according to the established course of the common law . For
Edmund Burke William MacDonald. The alarm and resentment of the colonies at
the arbitrary course of Parliament were greatly increased by the high - handed
proceedings in the Wilkes case . John Wilkes , a “ worthless demagogue , ”
A pamphlet entitled Thoughts on the Cause of the Present Discontents ,
published in 1770 , reviewed in a masterly way the whole course of policy which
had 1 Morley , Burke , p . 62 . brought about the existing disordered conditions .
In 1771 ...
... the ministry in dealing with America led him in 1776 , together with others of his
party , to absent himself from the House when American affairs were under
discussion ; and in a notable Letter to the Sheriffs of Bristol he defended his
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This well-crafted address was presented as a series of suggestions for a way to conciliate the American colonists and avoid a revolt. The common-sense points that Burke makes and the ways that he goes ... Leer reseña completa