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[287] estates; ‘a land tax for all America will be thought
chap. XIV.} 1765. June
of next.’1

‘It is plain,’ said even the calmest, ‘Englishmen do not regard Americans as members of the same family, brothers, and equals, but as subordinates, bound to submit to oppression at their pleasure.’ ‘A bill was even prepared,’ thus men warned each other against new dangers, ‘that authorized quartering British soldiers upon American private families.’ ‘And is not our property seized,’ they further exclaimed, ‘by men who cry, “give, give,” and never say, “enough,” and thrown into a prerogative court to be forfeited without a jury?’2

‘There is not silver enough in the colonies to pay for the stamps,’ computed patriot financiers, ‘and the trade by which we could get more is prohibited.’ ‘And yet,’ declared the eager merchants of New-York, ‘we have a natural right to every freedom of trade of the English.’ ‘To tax us, and bind our commerce and restrain manufactures,’ reasoned even the most patient, ‘is to bid us make brick without straw.’ ‘The northern colonies will be absolutely restricted from using any articles of clothing of their own fabric,’ predicted one colony to another. And men laughed as they added: ‘catching a mouse within his majesty's colonies with a trap of our own making will be deemed, in the ministerial cant, an infamous, atrocious, and nefarious crime.’ ‘A colonist,’ murmured a Boston man who had dipped into Grenville's pamphlet, ‘a colonist cannot make a horse-shoe

1 Boston Gazette. N. Y. Gazette. Hopkins's Grievances. Hutchinson's Correspondence. R. R. Livingston's Correspondence.

2 Hutchinson's Correspondence. Boston Gazette.

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