favored American taxation by act of parliament; none scrupled as to the power; but the unfit Lyttelton, then chancellor of the exchequer,
chap. IX.} 1756. though fixed in his opinions, could not mature schemes of finance; and the British statutes,
29 Geo. II., c. XXVI.; 31 Geo. II., c. XXXVI., § 8; 1 Geo. III., c. IV. which manifest the settled purpose
Letter of Bollan to Massachusetts, in May, 1756. of raising a revenue out of the traffic between the American continent and the West India Islands, show that the execution of that purpose was at that session, and twice afterwards, deferred to a quieter period.
Still parliament, in the session of 1756, extended its authority signally over America.
There foreign Protestants might be employed as engineers and officers to enlist a regiment of aliens.
29 Geo. II., c. v. Indented servants might be accepted, and their masters were referred for compensation to the respective assemblies;
29 Geo. II., c. XXXV. and the naval code