and scoffed at the whole plan, as no more than
‘angry words,’ and ‘the wisdom fools put on.’
Lord North, in reply, assumed the responsibility of the measure; refused ‘ever to give up an iota of the authority of Great Britain
;’ and promised good results in America
from the refusal to repeal the Revenue Act
‘It is not a question of one refractory Colony,’ cried Barre
the whole country is ripe for revolt.
Let us come to the point.
Are the Americans proper objects of taxation?
I think they are not. I solemnly declare, I think they will not submit to any law imposed upon them for the purpose of revenue.
On a former occasion, the noble Lord told us, that he would listen to no proposition for repeal, until he saw America prostrate at his feet.
To effect this is not so easy as some imagine; the Americans are a numerous, a respectable, a hardy, a free people.
But were it ever so easy, does any friend to his country really wish to see America thus humbled?
In such a situation, she would serve only as a monument of your vengeance and your folly.
For my part, the America I wish to see, is America increasing and prosperous, raising her head in graceful dignity, with freedom and firmness asserting her rights at your bar, vindicating her liberties, pleading her services and conscious of her merit.
This is the America that will have spirit to fight your battles, to sustain you when hard pushed by some prevailing foe, and by her industry will be able to consume your manufactures, support your trade, and pour wealth and splendor into your towns and cities.
If we do not change our conduct towards her, America will be torn from our side.
I repeat it; unless you repeal this law, you run the risk of losing America.