nd; an order from the King to exempt special individuals from their share of taxation was unconstitutional; the exemption, if submitted to by the Assembly, would have been an acquiescence in an unwarrantable instruction; and a formal recognition of the system of parliamentary taxation.
Samuel Adams perceived all the danger, and on the next day, the House replied in his words: We know of no Commissioners of his Majesty's Customs, nor of any revenue his Majesty has a right to establish in North America; we know and feel a tribute levied and extorted from those, who, if they have property,
Chap. XLVII.} 1771. July. have a right to the absolute disposal of it. To withhold your assent to this bill, merely by force of instruction, is effectually vacating the Charter and giving instructions the force of laws, within this Province.
If such a doctrine shall be established, the representatives of a free people would be reduced to this fatal alternative,—either to have no taxes levied and ra