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George Bancroft, History of the United States from the Discovery of the American Continent, Vol. 5, 13th edition. 7 1 Browse Search
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Papers, II. 258. The opposition, with great address, proceeded to an abstract question Feb. on the legality of general warrants. They were undoubtedly illegal. Grenville himself was sure of it. He sought, therefore, to change the issue and evade the question by delay; and insisted that a single branch of the legislature ought not to declare law; that to do so would be an encroachment on the power of parliament, and on the functions of the judiciary, before which the question was pending. Norton, the attorney-general, said, harshly, that in a court of law the opinion of the House of Commons was worth no more attention than that of so many drunken porters; but Grenville defended his well-chosen position with exceeding ability, and was said to have outdone himself. Grenville Papers, II. 493. In a house of four hundred and fifty he es- chap IX.} 1764 Feb. caped, but only by a majority of fourteen. The king felt the vote of the opposition as a personal offence. My nature, said he
m Middlesex, justified the colonies, and showed the cruelty of fixing the name of rebels on all. Charles Townshend asserted with vehemence his approbation of the Stamp Act, and leaned towards the opinion of Grenville. Sooner, said he, than make our colonies our allies, I should wish to see them returned to their primitive deserts. Hammersley. But he sat down, determined to vote against Grenville's amendment. Gilbert Elliot did the same; and Wedderburn displayed the basest subserviency. Norton dwelt much on the legislative authority of parliament to tax all the world under British dominion. See, said Beckford, how completely my prophecy about America is accomplished. Some one said that Great Britain had long arms. Yes, it was answered, but three thousand miles is a long way to extend them. Especially it is observable that Lord George Sackville, just rescued from disgrace by Rockingham, manifested his desire to enforce the Stamp Act. Letter from London of Dec. 22 and 24, 1
ived as the first act of harmony, and remain to all posterity on the journals of this house. Conway adhered to the opinions of Pitt on the subject of taxation, but thought the rules of the house forbade the reception of the petition. Sir Fletcher Norton rose in great heat, and de- Lord Charlemont to Henry printed date is erroneously given Flood, London, Jan. 28, 1766. The as Jan. 8. nounced the distinction between internal and external chap. XXI.} 1766. Jan. taxation, as a novelty uce the morning of freedom, would have transported that member out of this House into another, with more leisure for better reflections. Pitt, without saying one word, fixed his eye steadily on him, with an air of most marked contempt, from which Norton, abashed or chagrined, knew no escape, but by an appeal for protection to the speaker. Edmund Burke speaking for the first time in the House of Commons, advocated the reception of the petition, as in itself an acknowledgment of the jurisdictio