When , in February , 1763 , Charles Townshend became First Lord of Trade in
the brief ministry of Lord Bute , it was announced that requisitions on the colonial
assemblies were to give place to taxes laid by Parliament , that colonial
The proposal to tax the colonies directly by act of Parliament , however , seemed
to the colonies , accustomed as they were to be taxed only by their representative
assemblies , not only unwarranted but also highly dangerous . The purposes ...
... its approval by the assemblies , and in case the assemblies persisted , to
prorogue or dissolve them . The Massachusetts House of Representatives was
also called upon to rescind the resolution by which the circular letter was
They were further confirmed in this pleasing error by 5 the form of their provincial
legislative assemblies . Their governments are popular in an high degree : some
are merely popular ; in all the popular representative is the most weighty ; and ...
... laws , or to quench the lights of their assemblies by refusing to choose those
persons who are best read in their privileges . It would be no less impracticable to
think of 20 wholly annihilating the popular assemblies in which these lawyers sit .
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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