The Works of Soame Jenyns, Esq. Volume 2

The Works of Soame Jenyns, Esq. Volume 2

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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. 1790 edition. Excerpt: ...VOL. II. O not lishmen when they solicit for protection, but not Englishmen when. taxes are required to enable this country to-protect them?But it is urged, thatthe colonies are by their charters placed under distinct' Governments, each of which has a legislative power within itself, by which alone it ought to be taxed; that if this privilege is once given up, that liberty which every Englishman has a right to, is torn from them, they are all slavxes, and all is lost. The liberty of an Englishman is a phrase of so various a signification, having within' these few years been used as a synonymous term for blasphemy, bawdy, treason, libels, strong beer, and cyder, that I shall not here presume to define its meaning; but I shall venture to assert what it cannot mean; that is, an exemption from taxes imposed by the authority of the parlia ment of Great Britain, nor is there any charter, that ever pretended to grant such a privilege to any c_olony in America;. 5 and the whole legislature: their chaLtY are undoubtedly no more than those of all corporations, which empower them to make bye laws, and raise duties for the purposes of their own police, for ever subject to the s'uperior authority of parliament; and in some of their charters, the manner of exercising these powers is specified in these express words, " according " to the course of other corporations in " Great Britain z" and therefore they can have no more pretence to plead an exemp tion from this parliamentary authority, ' than any other corporation in England. It has been moreover alledged, that, though parliament may have power to impose taxes on the colonies, they have no right to use it, because it would be an unjust tax; and no supreme or legislative power more

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