improvement. That there are several towns, corpo-
rations, and bodies of people in England in similar circumstances as the colonies, shows that some of the people in England, as well as those in America, are injured and oppressed; but shows no sort of right for the oppression. Those places ought to join with the Americans in remonstrances to obtain redress of grievances. The absurdity of our being represented in parliament is so glaring, that it is almost an affront to common sense to use arguments to expose it; and yet it has been so much insisted upon, that it seems as if the free use of common sense was to be prohibited as well as our other common rights. But the cases in England, cited to justify the taxation of America, are in no way similar. The taxation of America is arbitrary and tyrannical, and what the parliament of England have no right to impose. The colonies are not only unconnected in interest with any members of parliament, but, in many respects, entirely opposite; indeed, I believe, in all respects where their affairs would come before that house; for when has it meddled with any matter relating to them, except to lay some imposition upon them? As to the towns in England which send no members to parliament, there are many persons in parliament deeply interested in them; all the counties where they stand, do send members; and many of their inhabitants are voters for the county members. As to the moneyed interest, there are in the house a sufficient number of those who have considerable property in money to take due care of that interest. Those persons who have no votes have yet the opportunity
chap. XIII.} 1765. May.
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