Benjamin Franklin, Portrait

Benjamin Franklin appeared before the House of Commons in January 1766 and provided testimony on the effect of the Stamp Act in the colonies. Franklin’s testimony, along with opposition to the law from British merchants, helped lead to the repeal of the Stamp Act on March 18, 1766. Image Source: Wikipedia.

An Act Repealing the Stamp Act, Text

March 18, 1766

The Stamp Act was repealed by Parliament on March 18, 1766. The same day, Parliament also passed the Declaratory Act, which asserted its authority to pass laws that governed the colonies.

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An Act Repealing the Stamp Act

Whereas an Act was passed in the last session of Parliament entitled, An Act for granting and applying certain stamp duties, and other duties in the British colonies and plantations in America towards further defraying the expenses of defending, protecting, and securing the same; and for amending such parts of the several Acts of Parliament relating to the trade and revenues of the said colonies and plantations as direct the manner of determining and recovering the penalties and forfeitures therein mentioned; and whereas the continuance of the said Act would be attended with many inconveniencies, and may be productive of consequences greatly detrimental to the commercial interests of these kingdoms; may it therefore please your most excellent Majesty that it may be enacted; and be it enacted by the king’s most excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, that from and after the first day of May, one thousand seven hundred and sixty-six, the above-mentioned Act, and the several matters and things therein contained, shall be, and is and are hereby repealed and made void to all intents and purposes whatsoever.

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