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kingdom of England was lifted out of the bondage of feudalism by a series of reforms, which were afterwards renewed, and which, when successfully imbodied among the statutes, the commentator on English law esteemed above Magna Charta itself. Blackstone, b. IV. c. XXXIII. 437 These measures were national, were adopted almost without opposition, and received the nearly unanimous assent of the nation. Chap. XI.} 1641 They were truly English measures, directed in part against the abuses introd Tyrwhit and Tyndale's Digest, XIII.—XV. Chalmers, p. 241, is not sustained n his inference. The tax was, also, never levied in the colonies; nor was it understood that the colonies were bound by a statute, unless they were expressly named. Blackstone, i. 107, 108; Chitty on Prerogative, 33. That distinctness was not wanting, when it was required by the interests of English merchants. The Navigation Act of the commonwealth had not been designed to trammel the commerce of the colonies, t