Boycott Forces Parliament’s Hand

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  Because of the decline in profits as a result of the colonial boycott of imported British goods, Parliament has withdrawn all of the Townshend Act (1767) taxes except for the tax on tea.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   The boycotts have had their desired effect and Parliament has repealed all but the tea tax.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”.

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