oppose the apprehended establishment of a military force in America, as needless for protection and dangerous to liberty.
Certainly, said he, the best way for Great Britain to make her Colonies a real and lasting benefit, is, to give them all consistent indulgence in trade, and to remove any occasion of their suspecting that their seized the opportunity to declaim on the repeal
De Guerchy to the Duke of Choiseul, 27 Jan. 1767. of the Stamp Act.
He enforced the necessity of relieving Great Britain from a burden which the Colonies ought to bear, and which with contingencies exceeded £ 400,000; reminding the country gentlemen that this sum was nearly equalm was even more rancorous than usual.
Beckford to Chatham, 27 Jan. 1767.
Administration, replied Townshend, has applied its attention to give relief to great Britain from bear-
Chap. XXVII.} 1767. Jan. ing the whole expense of securing, defending, and protecting America and the West India Islands; I shall bring into the Ho