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1 Lord Chesterfield, 22 April.
5 Hutchinson to a friend, 9 April, 1765: ‘I have a letter from a member of parliament, who, although he says this right of taxing the colonies is to be exercised with great tenderness, yet, in another place, supposes it prudent to begin with small duties and taxes, and to advance in proportion or degree as it shall be found the colonies will bear.’ This is excellent authority. Take, also, Calvert to Sharpe: ‘Last year the first stone was laid, this year another, and will be succeeded by every ministerial builder, until the whole American structure of their folly is, by the mother country, completed on them.’‘The Commons was full, but not a member against taxation of them, nor an advocate that could or did offer a better lenitive scheme.’
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