huzzaed as he passed through the lobby, by almost all
the persons there.
moved for leave to bring in a bill for the repeal of the American
It had interrupted British commerce; jeoparded debts to British merchants; stopped one-third of the manufactures of Manchester
; increased the rates on land, by throwing thousands of poor out of employment.
The act too breathed oppression.
It annihilated juries; and gave vast power to the admiralty courts.
The lawyers might decide in favor of the right to tax; but the conflict would ruin both countries.
In three thousand miles of territory, the English
had but five thousand troops, the Americans
one hundred and fifty thousand fighting men. If they did not repeal the act, France
would declare war, and protect the Americans
The colonies, too, would set up manufactories of their own. Why then risk the whole for so trifling an object as this act modified?
, on the other side, moved, instead of the repeal, a modification of the Stamp Act; insisting that the total repeal, demanded as it was with menaces of resistance, would be the overthrow of British authority in America
In reply to Jenkinson
, Edmund Burke
spoke in a manner unusual in the house; fresh, as from a full mind, connecting the argument for repeal with a new kind of political philosophy.
About eleven, Pitt
With suavity of manner he conciliated the wavering by allowing good ground for their apprehensions; but calmly, and with consummate and persuasive address,1
he argued for the repeal, with eloquence which expressed conviction, and which yet could not have offended even the sensitive