Preliminaries of the Revolution, 1763-1775 Volume 8

Preliminaries of the Revolution, 1763-1775 Volume 8

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...it required much skill to maintain it." l 1 Cobbett-Hansard, Par/. Hist., XIX., 563 et seq. 1 Adams, Works, II., 203. Such skill was utterly lacking. The rejoicings of the colonies were short-lived. From the outset some among them had favored united opposition to the declaratory act;2 and other grounds for the revival of discontent were not wanting. First among these was the attempted enforcement of the billeting or mutiny act, which had been renewed under the Rockingham administration. The clause requiring the colonial assemblies to make provision for quartering the king's troops was held to be unconstitutional, because a command was thus laid by one legislative body upon another; and unjust, since the whole burden would fall upon the colonies where the army chanced to be located. Resistance was first made in New York, then the headquarters of the British force in America. The requisition for supplies made by the general through the governor was granted only in part by the provincial assembly, because some of the articles demanded were such as in England were not provided for troops when in barracks. The bill making partial provision was approved by Sir Henry Moore, the governor, although in his letter to the ministry he did not concede the justice of the assembly's plea.1 He significantly added, " My Message is treated merely as a Requisition made here and they have carefully avoided the least mention of the act on which it is founded, and it is my opinion that every act of Parliament, when not backed by a sufficient Power to enforce it will meet with the same Fate." In reply to the governor's report, Shelburne, then secretary of state, announced that the king expected obedience to the act in its full extent and meaning; thus needlessly...show more

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  • Paperback | 84 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 168g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 123666681X
  • 9781236666819