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Tea Act, Text

Lord North, Portrait

An act to allow a drawback of the duties of customs on the exportation of tea to any of his Majesty’s colonies or plantations in America; to increase the deposit on bohea tea to be sold at the India Company’s sales; and to impower the commissioners of the treasury to grant licences to the East … Read more

Olive Branch Petition, Text

John Dickinson, Illustration

To the King’s Most Excellent Majesty. MOST GRACIOUS SOVEREIGN: We, your Majesty’s faithful subjects of the Colonies of New-Hampshire, Massachusetts-Bay, Rhode-Island, New-Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Counties of Newcastle, Kent, and Sussex, on Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina, in behalf of ourselves and the inhabitants of these Colonies, who have deputed us to represent … Read more

Sons of Liberty, New York, Association of 1773

John Lamb Speaking to New York Sons of Liberty

The following association is signed by a great number of the principal gentlemen of the city, merchants, lawyers, and other inhabitants of all ranks, and it is still carried about the city to give an opportunity to those who have not yet signed, to unite with their fellow citizens, to testify their abhorrence to the … Read more

Proclamation of 1763, Text

King George III, Painting

BY THE KlNG. A PROCLAMATION GEORGE R. Whereas We have taken into Our Royal Consideration the extensive and valuable Acquisitions in America, secured to our Crown by the late Definitive Treaty of Peace, concluded at Paris. the 10th Day of February last; and being desirous that all Our loving Subjects, as well of our Kingdom … Read more

Stamp Act Congress, Declaration of Rights and Grievances (1765)

George Grenville, Portrait, by William Hoare

Saturday, Oct. 19th, 1765, A.M. — The congress met according to adjournment, and resumed, etc., as yesterday; and upon mature deliberation, agreed to the following declaration of the rights and grievances of the colonists in American, which were ordered to be inserted. DECLARATION OF RIGHTS The members of this congress, sincerely devoted, with the warmest … Read more

Reasons Against the Renewal of the Sugar Act, Text

Sugar Cane Plantation

Advertisement. THE Reasons offered in the following Pages against the Renewal of the Act of Parliament, imposing a Duty on foreign Sugar and Molasses imported into the British Colonies, are founded principally on the pernicious Effect this Act will have on the Trade of the Massachusetts Province in particular, and the Detriment which will hereby … Read more

Hopkins, Stephen Hopkins – Rights of the Colonies Examined, Text

Sugar Cane Plantation

Liberty is the greatest blessing that men enjoy, and slavery the heaviest curse that human nature is capable of. This being so makes it a matter of the utmost importance to men which of the two shall be their portion. Absolute liberty is, perhaps, incompatible with any kind of government. The safety resulting from society, … Read more

Sugar Act 1764, Text

George Grenville, Prime Minister, Portrait

An act for granting certain duties in the British colonies and plantations in America, for continuing, amending, and making perpetual, an act passed in the sixth year of the reign of his late majesty King George the Second, (initituled, An act for the better securing and encouraging the trade of his Majesty’s sugar colonies in … Read more

Fort Necessity, Battle of – Articles of Capitulation

Capitulation granted by Mr. de Villiers, Captain and Commander of his Majesty’s Troops, to those English Troops actually in Fort-Necessity. July the 3d, 1754, at 8 o’clock at Night. As our Intentions have never been to trouble the Peace and good Harmony subsisting between the two Princes in Amity, but only to revenge the Assassination committed … Read more