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children; and therefore it is impoffible "their meetings fhould be, as they fay, "for any fuch purpose, or have any "fuch effect; they are only to contrive "the cheating of Indians in the price of "beaver."
TO MR. DUBOURG, CONCERNING THE
London, October 2, 1770.
I SEE with pleasure that we think
pretty much alike on the fubjects of English America. We of the colonies have never infifted that we ought to be exempt from contributing to the common expences neceffary to fupport the profperity of the empire. We only affert, that having parliaments of our own, and not having representatives in that of Great Britain, our parliaments are the only judges of what we can and what we ought to contribute in this case; and that the English parliament has no right to take our money without our confent.
In fact, the British empire is not a fingle state; it comprehends many; and though the parliament of Great Britain has arrogated to itself the power of taxing the colonies, it has no more right to do so, than it has to tax Hanover, We have the fame king, but not the fame legisla
The dispute between the two countries has already loft England many millions fterling, which it has loft in its commerce, and America has in this respect been a proportionable gainer. This commerce confifted principally of fuperfluities; objects of luxury and fashion, which we can well do without and the refolution we have formed of importing no more till our grievances are redreffed, has enabled many of our infant manufactures to take root; and it will not be easy to make our people abandon them in future, even should a connection more cordial then ever fucceed the pre04
fent troubles.I have, indeed, no doubt that the parliament of England will finally abandon its present pretenfions, and leave us to the peaceable enjoyment of our rights and privileges.
A Comparison of the Conduct of the Ancient JEWS, and of the ANTIFEDERALISTS in the United States of AMERICA,
A ZEALOUS advocate for the propofed Federal Conftitution in a certain public affembly, faid, that "the repugnance of "a great part of mankind to good go"vernment was fuch, that he believed, "that if an angel from heaven was to "bring down a conftitution formed there
for our ufe, it would nevertheless meet "with violent oppofition."-He was reproved for the fuppofed extravagance of the fentiment; and he did not justify it. -Probably it might not have immediately occured to him that the experiment had been tried, and that the event was recorded in the most faithful of all hiftories