Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
dividual in this province is as advantageous, at least, to
Great Britain, as if he were in Great Britain, as they
pay their full proportion of taxes for the support of his
majesty's government here, (which taxes are equal, or
more, in proportion to our estates, than those paid by our
fellow-subjects in Great Britain upon theirs,) it is unrea-
sonable for them to be called upon to pay any further
part of the charges of government there. That the as-
semblies of this province have from time to time, when-
ever requisitions have been made to them by his majesty,
for carrying on military operations, either for the defence
of themselves or America in general, most cheerfully
and liberally contributed their full proportion of men and
money for these services. That though the representa-
tives of the people of this province had equal assurances
and reasons with those of the other provinces, to expect
a proportional reimbursement of those immense charges
they had been at for his majesty's service in the late war,
out of the several parliamentary grants for the use of
America ; yet they have obtained only their proportion
of the first of those grants, and the small sum of �285
sterling received since. That, notwithstanding, when-
ever his majesty's service shall for the future require the
aid of the inhabitants of this province, and they shall be
called upon for this purpose, in a constitutional way, it
shall be their indispensable duty most cheerfully and lib-
erally to grant to his majesty their proportion, according
to their ability, of men and money, for the defence, secu-
rity, and other public services of the British American
colonies. That the restrictions on the trade of the peo-
ple of this province, together with the late duties and