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chap. XI.} 1765. April.

To soothe America, bounties2 were at the same time granted on the importation of deals, planks, boards, and timber from the plantations. Coffee of their growth was exempted from an additional duty; their iron might be borne to Ireland; their lumber to Ireland, Madeira, the Azores, and Europe, south of Cape Finisterre; the prohibition on exporting their bar iron from England was removed; the rice of North Carolina was as much liberated as that of South Carolina; and rice might be warehoused in England for re-exportation without advancing the duties.. In executing the Stamp Act, it was further provided, that the revenue to be derived from it should not be remitted to England, but constitute a part of the sum to be expended in America.3

Grenville also resolved to select the stamp officers for America from among the Americans themselves; and the friends and agents of the colonies were invited to make the nominations; and they did so, Franklin4 among the rest.

‘You tell me,’ said the minister, ‘you are poor, and unable to bear the tax; others tell me you are able. Now, take the business into your own hands; you will see how and where it pinches, and will certainly let us know it; in which case it shall be eased.’5

1 Shelburne to Chatham, in Chatham Corr. III. 208.

2 T. Whately to Commissioners of Stamps, 20 April, 1765. Treasury minute, 26 April, 1765.

3 Franklin to Dean Tucker, 26 Feb. 1774. Tucker to Franklin.

4 Geo. III. c. XLV. C. Jenkinson to Secretary Pownall, 19 March, 1765.

5 Ingersoll to Assembly of Connecticut, Sept. 1765.

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