Early in 1767 the landed gentry secured the passage of an act reducing the land
tax . It was generally assumed that the deficiency of revenue thus caused would
be made good from America . Pitt , now Earl of Chatham , was incapacitated by ...
But to this scheme there are two objec10 tions . The first , that there is already so
much unsettled land in private hands as to afford room for an immense future
population , although the crown not only withheld its grants , but annihilated its
... each tract of land , as it was peopled , into districts , that the ruling power
should never be wholly out of sight . We have settled all we could , and we have
carefully attended 25 every settlement with government . Adhering , Sir , as I do ,
to this ...
... we derived from the penal laws we have passed , and which , for the time ,
have bee severe and numerous ? advances have we made towards our object ,
by the sending of a force which , by land and sea , is no contemptible strength ?
... from your high court of Parliament , to have any knights and burgesses within
the said court ; by reason 25 whereof the said inhabitants have hitherto sustained
manifold disherisons , 4 losses and damages , as well in their lands , goods and
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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