Boston: Because of the decline in profits as a result of the colonial boycott of imported British goods, Parliament has withdrawn all of the Townshend Act (1767) taxes except for the tax on tea. For three years colonists have paid taxes on glass, lead, paint, paper and tea. The boycotts have had their desired effect and Parliament has repealed all but the tea tax. Huzzah!
The Boston Gazette
Postscript: Charles Townshend estimated the Townshend taxes would produce ₤400,000 a year for the English treasury. He died on September 4, 1767, and never saw the strain his taxes put on the relationship between the “mother” country and her “children”.
At the suggestion and advice of Mercy Otis Warren, we have formed Committees of Correspondence to keep patriots in all the colonies in touch with each other. Horseback riders will carry messages from town to town, up and down the post roads from New England to Georgia. As Mercy says, “This will cement the union of the colonies.” Trustworthy post riders are needed to fulfill our mission.
This week’s trivia from Constance’s Corner, Boston Local:
Bostonians are heated when it comes to the Massacre on King Street so, wisely, the 14th and 29th Regiments have sailed out of town to an island in Boston Harbor. Name that island/fort.
Good day, fellow Patriots,
Constance of the Cobbler Shoppe
6 March 1770
I heard bits and pieces about a fight on King Street last night. Some of our men were killed. Were any of ye there? Does anyone have the details?
Anxiously awaiting news,
Boston, 1767: Britain’s Chancellor of the Treasury, Charles Townshend, has succeeded in urging Parliament to pass new taxes for the colonists. The Townshend Acts require the colonists to pay taxes on glass, lead, paper, paint and tea. British customs agents are boarding and seizing ships in Boston’s harbor (including John Hancock’s Liberty ship) to search for smuggled goods . The Sons of Liberty are reacting with riots and fires. More British troops are on the way to our port.
The Boston Local
Boston, March 1766: Huzzah! King George and Parliament have voted to repeal the Stamp Act and end the tax on paper in the colonies. William Pitt of England is to be honored with a commemorative coin; he was instrumental in convincing the King and his Parliament members that the colonists should not be taxed without proper representation.
The Boston Local
The king’s soldiers, the Regulars, are permitted to stay at your home under the King’s Quartering Act. Please know that the King’s troops are here to protect you. Give them shelter, food, and drink, as you would any family member of your own. You will find these English men to be friendly and caring if you treat them well.
Massachusetts Governor Thomas Hutchinson
P.S. Do care for the horses, as well.
King George III of England has issued a Stamp Act placing a small tax on paper: newspapers, documents, receipts, marriage and death certificates, diplomas, playing cards, and other paper. That seems fair to me. The King’s treasury dwindled while England supplied our colony with enough Redcoats to defeat the French here on our soil. Armies and naval ships cost money. Shall the colonists enjoy the King’s protection and yet complain about paying taxes to King George who needs to rebuild the royal treasury?
Proud British citizen
October 7th, London, England: King George III orders a new proclamation for the colonies in America. This decree forbids settlement or land grants for the colonists beyond the crest of the Appalachian Mountains. The Royal Proclamation Line stretches from Canada to Georgia and colonists may not move west of it, per order of the honorable King George.