Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
cannot be, represented in the house of commons in Great
Britain ; and farther, that, in the opinion of this house,
the several powers of legislation in America, were con-
stituted in some measure upon the apprehension of this
impracticability. That the only representatives of the
people of this province, are persons chosen therein by
themselves, and that no taxes ever have been, or can be,
constitutionally imposed on them, but by the legislature of
this province. That all supplies to the crown being free
gifts of the people, it is unreasonable and inconsistent
with the principles and spirit of the British constitution,
for the people of Great Britain to grant to his majesty the
property of the people of this province. That trial by
jury is the inherent and invaluable right of every British
subject in this province. That the act of parliament, en-
titled, an act for granting and applying certain stamp-
duties and other duties on the British colonies and plan-
tations in America, &c., by imposing taxes on the inhab-
itants of this province ; and the said act and several other
acts, by extending the jurisdiction of the courts of admi-
ralty beyond its ancient limits, have a manifest tendency
to subvert the rights and liberties of this province.
That the duties imposed by several late acts of parlia-
ment, on the people of this province, will be extremely
burdensome and grievous ; and, from the scarcity of gold
and silver, the payment of them absolutely impractica-
ble. That as the profits of the trade of the people of
this province ultimately centre in Great Britain, to pay
for the manufactures which they are obliged to take from
thence, they eventually contribute very largely to all the
supplies granted to the crown; and besides, as every in-