chap. IX.} 1764. Mar.
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1 ‘With regard to money bills, I believe the parliament will render those not necessary, as several duties are to be laid on goods imported into the plantations, and it is proposed also to lay a stamp-duty on the colonies and islands as is done here, in order to defray all expenses of troops, necessary for their defence. We have endeavored to get this last postponed, as it is an internal tax, and wait till some sort of consent to it shall be given by the several Assemblies, to prevent a tax of that nature from being laid without the consent of the colonies; but whether we shall succeed is not certain. However, a few days will determine.’ Thomas Penn, one of the proprietaries of Pennsylvania, to James Hamilton, the Lieutenant-Governor. London, 9 March, 1764. The original is in the possession of our American Philosophical Society at Philadelphia.
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