CHAP VI.} 1763. April.
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2 Second protest of the House of Lords, on the repeal of the stamp act.
North America naturally offers itself as the principal object of your lordship's consideration upon this occasion, with regard to which I shall first obey his majesty's commands in proposing to your lordships some general questions, before I proceed to desire you will furnish that information which his majesty expects from your lordships with regard to the North American and Southern parts of this continent, considered separately. The questions which relate to North America in general, are— 1st. What new governments should be established, and what form should be adopted for such new governments? And where the capital or residence of each governor should be fixed? 2dly. What military establishment will be sufficient? What new forts should be erected? And which, if any, may it be expedient to demolish? 3dly. In what mode, least burdensome and most palatable to the colonies, can they contribute towards the support of the additional expense which must attend this civil and military establishment, upon the arrangement which your lordships shall propose?It is noticeable, that the question as to taxing America by parliament, implied in the third interrogatory, does not relate to the expediency of doing it, but the mode. On the right or propriety of the measure, the Board of Trade is not invited to express an opinion.
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