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Bostonians complain about taxation without representation...
Item # 653042
July 19, 1768
THE LONDON CHRONICLE, England, July 19, 1768 Most of the front page is taken up with an excellent letter of protest headed: "A Copy of a Letter Lately Sent from the Hon. House of Representatives of Massachusetts Bay to the Right Hon. Lord Camden, Lord High Chancellor of Great Britain".
This fine letter essentially defines the problem the American colonies were having with England at the time: taxation without representation. One portion of the letter includes: "...superintending authority of his Majesty's high court of Parliament over the whole Empire, in all cases which can consist with the fundamental rights of the Constitution, was never questions in this Province...But they entreat your Lordships reflection one moment on an Act of Parliament...imposing duties on his subjects in America which, as they are imposed with the sold & express purposes of raising a revenue, are in effect taxes. The position, that taxation and representation are inseparable, is founded on the immutable laws of nature. But the American had no representation in the Parliament when they were taxed..." and much more.
Terrific to have this excellent letter on the front page.
Also of note is a one-third pg.: "Description of a New & very Curious Orrery..." created by David Rittenhouse of Philadelphia. And also a letter from Fort Detroit on an instance of cruelty & being prisoners of Indians (see).
Eight pages, 8 1/2 by 11 inches, in very nice condition.
Category: The 1600's and 1700's