The Treasury enter a Minute for an American Stamp tax—ministry of Grenville
The savage warfare was relentlessly raging when the
young statesman to whom the forms of office had referred the subject of the colonies, was devising plans for organizing governments in the newly acquired territories.
Of an Irish family, and an Irish as well as an English peer, Shelburne naturally inclined to limit the legislative authority of the parliament of Great Britain over the outlying dominions of the crown.
The world already gave him credit for great abilities; he had just been proposed to supersede Egremont
in the department of state, and, except the lawyers who had been raised to the peerage, he was the best speaker in the House of Lords.
For a moment the destinies of America
hung upon his judgment.
For the eastern boundary of New England
burne hesitated between the Penobscot
and the St. Croix
; on the north-east he adopted the crest of the water shed dividing the streams tributary to the St. Lawrence river
from those flowing into the Bay of Fundy
, or the Atlantic Ocean
, or the Gulf
of the St.