who must have shed tears of spite, if he
could not have ‘croaked out’ a presage of evil,1
heard with malignant joy one of the repealers of his Stamp Act propose a revenue from Port Duties. ‘You are deceived,’ said he; ‘I tell you, you are deceived The Americans
will laugh at you for your distinctions.’
He spoke against legalizing a direct trade between Portugal
As to taxes, he demanded more; all that were promised were trifles.
‘I,’ said he,2
‘will tell the Honorable
gentleman of a revenue that will produce something valuable in America
; issue paper bearing interest upon loan there, and apply the interest as you think proper.’
, perceiving that the House
seemed to like the suggestion, stood up again, and said that that was a proposition of his own, which he had intended to have made with the rest, but it had slipped his memory; the Bill for it was already prepared.
The debate would not have continued long, if there had not been a division of opinion as to the mode of coercing New-York
, approving a local tax on importations into that province, opposed the general system.
‘You will never see a single shilling from America
,’ said he propheticlly;3
‘it is not by votes and angry resolutions of this House, but by a slow and steady conduct, that the Americans
are to be reconciled to us.’
Dowdeswell described the new plan as worse than to have softened and enforced the Stamp Tax
. ‘Do like the best of physicians,’ said Beckford
, who alone seemed to understand the subject of American discontents,