Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
distance between the parties, to endure very long the
pressure or the violence of either.
The strength of these connecting cords was soon to be
tested fatally. The first British statute that awakened
the general opposition of the colonies, was one enti-
tled the Stamp act." It was passed in the year 1765.
By this it was enacted, that all instruments of writing
which are in use among a commercial people, should be
void in law, unless executed upon stamped paper or parch-
ment, charged with a duty imposed by parliament.
South Carolina declared her opposition to this assump-
tion of arbitrary power, without waiting to consult with
any other colony. Her example had considerable effect
in recommending measures of like opposition to many
others, who were more tardy in their concurrence. The
assembly of Carolina embodied the sentiments of the
greater number of the people, in the principles contained
in the following resolution:
" Resolved, That his majesty's subjects in Carolina,
owe the same allegiance to the crown of Great Britain,
that is due from its subjects born there. That his majes-
ty's liege subjects of this province, are entitled to all the
inherent rights and liberties of his natural born subjects
within the kingdom of Great Britain. That the inhab-
itants of this province appear also to be confirmed in all
the rights aforementioned, not only by their charter, but
by an act of parliament, 13th, George II. That it is in-
separably essential to the freedom of a people, and the
undoubted right of Englishmen, that no taxes be imposed
on them, but with their own consent. That the people of
this province are not, and from their local circumstances