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in adopting the Constitution. Before their independence of England was asserted, they constituted a provincial people, (Burke calls it a glorious Empire, ) subject to the British crown, organized for certain purposes under separate colonial charteed, You have no right to tax America; the natural rights of man, and the immutable laws of Nature, are with that People. Burke, two months later, made his great speech for conciliation with America. I do not know, he exclaimed, the method of drawiix beyond doubt, which of the Anglo-American colonies, twenty-five or six in number, were included in the recognition. Burke's account of the English settlements in America, begins with Jamaica, and proceeds through the West India Islands. Thereial favor as the nursery of naval power. The fisheries of the American colonies before the American Revolution drew from Burke one of the most gorgeous bursts of eloquence in our language,--in any language. They were all but annihilated by the Rev