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A Stamp. closed, legal marriages ceased, ships remained in port, and for a while all business was suspended.
Out of this calm a tempest was evolved.
Mobs began to assail the residences of officials and burn distinguished royalists in effigy.
Merchants entered into agreements not to import goods from Great Britain, and very soon such a cry of remonstrance from all classes in America assailed the ears of the British ministry, as well as from merchants and manufacturers of London, that the question of repealing the act was raised.
In March, 1766, a protest, prepared by Lord Lyttelton, against the repeal of the Stamp Act, was signed by thirty-three peers.
In that House it was maintained that such a strange and unheard — of submission of King, Lords, and Commons to a successful insurrection of the colonies would make the authority of Great Britain contemptible.
There were sixty-three members of the House of Lords, including several bishops, who were for subduing t