previous next
[454] known opinion of the king, ‘would be peculiarly
chap. XXIV.} 1766. Mar.
proper, we in effect annihilate this branch of the legislature, and vote ourselves useless.’ The people of England had once adopted that opinion. It was certain that the people of America were already convinced that the House of Lords had outlived its functions, and was for them become worse than ‘useless.’

On the morning of the eighteenth day of March, the king went in state to Westminster, and gave his assent, among other bills, to what ever after he regarded as the well-spring of all his sorrows, ‘the fatal repeal of the Stamp Act.’

He returned from signing the repeal, amid the shouts and huzzas of the applauding multitude. There was a public dinner of the friends of America in honor of the event; Bow bells were set a ringing; and on the Thames the ships displayed all their colors. At night a bonfire was kindled, and houses were illuminated all over the city. An express was dispatched to Falmouth with letters to different provinces, to transmit the news of the repeal as rapidly as possible to the colonies, nor was it at that time noticed, that the ministry had carried through the mutiny bill,1 with the obnoxious American clauses of the last year; and that the king, in giving his assent to the repeal2 of the Stamp Act, had also given his assent to the act declaratory3 of the supreme power of parliament over America in all cases whatsoever.

While swift vessels hurried with the news across the Atlantic, the cider act was modified by the ministry,

1 6 Geo. III. c. XVIII.

2 6 Geo. III. c. XI.

3 6 Geo. III. c. XII.

Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

An XML version of this text is available for download, with the additional restriction that you offer Perseus any modifications you make. Perseus provides credit for all accepted changes, storing new additions in a versioning system.

hide Places (automatically extracted)

View a map of the most frequently mentioned places in this document.

Sort places alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a place to search for it in this document.
Westminster (Massachusetts, United States) (1)
Falmouth, Va. (Virginia, United States) (1)

Download Pleiades ancient places geospacial dataset for this text.

hide People (automatically extracted)
Sort people alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a person to search for him/her in this document.
Geo (3)
hide Dates (automatically extracted)
Sort dates alphabetically, as they appear on the page, by frequency
Click on a date to search for it in this document.
1766 AD (1)
March 18th (1)
March (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: