previous next
‘ [258] would not submit to it.’ On the other side little was
Chap. XXXIX.} 1769. Feb.
urged, except that concession would endanger the Act of Navigation; and the British Parliament after long deliberation, by a great majority, refusing to consider the redress of American grievances, requested the King to make inquisition at Boston for Treason, and to bring over the accused for trial before a Special Commission, away from their country, their relations, friends, and witnesses. It was hoped to make Boston tremble, and terrify the zealous Americans with the apprehension of being arraigned in Westminster Hall and hanged at Tyburn.

The press also gave to the world an elaborate reply1 to the Farmer's Letters, for which the Board of Trade furnished the materials,2 and Grenville himself wrote the constitutional argument.3 ‘I am tempted,’ confessed Knox, the champion of the Ministry, ‘to deny that there is any such thing as Representation at all in the British Constitution; until this notion of Representation is overthrown, it will be very difficult to convince, either the Colonies or the people of England, that wrong is not done the Colonies.’4 The question of British and of American Liberty was identical. The zeal against America was ready to sacrifice the principle of Representative Government in England; where the love of order began to find apologists for ‘absolute Government.’5

1 The Controversy between Great Britain and her Colonies reviewed, &c. &c., 1769.

2 I. Mauduit to Hutchinson, 10 Feb. 1769.

3 Grenville wrote from page 67 to page 86 inclusive. Knox's extra official State Papers, Appendix to Part II. page 15.

4 Knox in Grenville Papers, IV. 336, 337.

5 Whately to Grenville, 25 March, 1769; in Grenville Papers, IV. 417.

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.
England (United Kingdom) (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.
Henry Knox (3)
George Grenville (3)
T. Whately (1)
Israel Mauduit (1)
Thomas Hutchinson (1)
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.
1769 AD (2)
March 25th, 1769 AD (1)
February 10th, 1769 AD (1)
February (1)
hide Display Preferences
Greek Display:
Arabic Display:
View by Default:
Browse Bar: