previous next

[209] promised by an increase of the revenue are all

chap X.} 1764. July.
fallacious and delusive. You will lose more than you gain. Britain already reaps the profit of all their trade, and of the increase of their substance. By cherishing their present turn of mind, you will serve your interest more than by your present schemes.

Abridged from Hutchinson's draft.

The remonstrance of Hutchinson reflected the opinion of all candid royalists in the colonies; but the pusillanimous man entreated his correspondent to conceal his confession from those whom it would displease. Yet to his friends in America, he used to say, that there was no ground for the distinction between the duties on trade and internal taxes; that if the Parliament intended to go on, there would be a necessity to dispute the distinction; ‘for,’ said he, ‘they may find duties on trade enough to drain us thoroughly.’1 And it is affirmed, that to members of the legislature of Massachusetts, from whom he had ends to gain, Hutchinson denied utterly the right of parliament to tax America.2

The appeals of the Colonies were made in the spirit of loyalty. The wilderness was still ringing with the war-whoop of the savage;3 and the frontiers were red with blood; while the colonies themselves, at the solicitations of Amherst and of Gage, his successor, were lavishing their treasure to secure the west to Great Britain. In July, the little army of eleven hundred men, composed chiefly of provincial battalions from New Jersey, New-York, and Connecticut, that of

1 Hutchinson to Ebenezer Silliman, 1764. Compare Hutchinson to Bollan, 7 Nov. 1764.

2 Novanglus, printed in 1774-5.

3 M. de St. Ange to M. d'abadie, 15 July, 1764.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
New Jersey (New Jersey, United States) (1)
England (United Kingdom) (1)
Connecticut (Connecticut, United States) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Hutchinson (5)
Ange.M. De St. Ange (1)
Ebenezer Silliman (1)
Gage (1)
William Bollan (1)
Jeffery Amherst (1)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
1764 AD (2)
July (2)
1775 AD (1)
1774 AD (1)
November 7th, 1764 AD (1)
July 15th, 1764 AD (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: