Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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History | S. Babcock & Co. | 1840
Transcription 126THE HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA.
taxes imposed on them by act of parliament, must neces-
sarily greatly lessen the consumption of British manu-
factures among them. That the increase, prosperity, and
happiness of the people of this province, depend on the
full and free enjoyment of their rights and liberties, and
on an affectionate intercourse with Great Britain. That
the readiness of the colonies to comply with his majesty's
requisitions, as well as their inability to bear any addi-
tional taxes beyond what is laid on them by their res-
pective legislatures, is apparent from several grants of
parliament, to reimburse them part of the heavy expen-
ses they were at in the late war in America. That it is
the right of the British subjects of this province to peti-
tion the king, or either house of parliament. Ordered,
That these votes be printed and made public, that a just
sense of the liberty, and the firm sentiments of loyalty
of the representatives of the people of this province,
may be known to their constituents, and transmitted to
posterity."
The stamp act was repealed, in consequence of the
universal hostility which it provoked in America; but a
like measure of arbitrary authority was attempted in the
year following. Duties were imposed upon glass, paper,
tea, and painters' colors. The opposition of the colonies
was renewed with partial success ; the duties, with the
exception of that upon tea, were all withdrawn ; and the
Americans determined to defeat the effect of this reser-
vation, by refusing to consume a commodity which was
made the medium of unjust taxation. This resolution was
rendered inoperative, by a scheme of the West Indian
company. It sent to the colonies large shipments of tea,