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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 4, 15th edition. 10 0 Browse Search
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ority of twenty-two. But an immediate return was required of every mill already existing, and the number was never to be increased 23 Geo. II., c. XXIX. There was no hope that this prohibition would ever be repealed. Thomas Penn to James Hamilton, 1 May, 1750. England did not know the indignation thus awakened in the villages of America. Yet the royalist, Kennedy, a member of the Council of New York, and an advocate for parliamentary taxation, publicly urged on the ministry, A. Kennedy's Observations on the Importance of the Northern Colonies, 1750. that liberty and encouragement are the basis of colonies. To supply ourselves, chap. III.} 1750. he urged, with manufactures is practicable; and where people in such circumstances are numerous and free, they will push what they think is for their interest, and all restraining laws will be thought oppression, especially such laws as, according to the conceptions we have of English liberty, they have no hand in controverting
of parliament; Memorial on Indian Affairs. Clinton to Lords of Trade, 1 October, 1751. because it would be a most vain imagination to expect that all the colonies would severally agree to impose it. The receiver-general of New York, Archibald Kennedy, urged, through the press, an annual meeting of commissioners from all the colonies at New York or Albany. From upwards of forty years observation upon the conduct of provincial assemblies, and the little regard paid by them to instructiond end in altercation and words. He advised an increase of the respective quotas, and the enlargement of the union, so as to comprise the Carolinas; and the whole system to be sanctioned and enforced by an act of the British legislature. Archibald Kennedy's Importance of gaining and preserving the Friendship of the Indians, &c., A voluntary union, said a voice from Philadel- 1752. phia, in March, 1752, in tones which I believe were Franklin's, Anonymous Letter from Philadelphia, Marc
or April, 1754. Smith's New York, II. 173. The Assembly of New Jersey would not even send commissioners to the congress at Albany. In the universal reluctance of the single colonies, all voices began to demand a union. A gentle land-tax, said Kennedy, through the press of New York and of London, a gentle land-tax, being the most equitable, must be our last resort. He looked forward with hope to the congress at Albany, but his dependence was on the parliament; for with parliament there wouldhundred and fifty self-willed, ungovernable men, was ordered to join him at the fork of the Ohio, to finish the fort already begun there by the Ohio Company; and to make prisoners, kill, or destroy all who interrupted the English settlements. Kennedy's Serious Considerations, 21, 23, &c. But as soon as spring opened the Western rivers, chap. V.} 1754. and before Washington could reach Will's Creek, the French, led by Contrecoeur, came down from Venango, and summoned the English at the F