DescriptionPamphlet Two Papers on the Subject of Taxing the British Colonies in America, The First entitled, "Some Remarks on the most rational and effectual Means that can be used in the present Conjecture for the future Security and Preservation of the Trade of Great-Britain by protecting and advancing her Settlements on the North Continent of America." The Other, "A Proposal for establishing by Act of Parliament the Duties upon Stampt Paper and Parchment in all the British American Colonies," 22 pages, 4.25" x 7.25". London: Printed for J. Almon, opposite Burlington-House, in Piccadilly, 1767. Smudges on pages 18 and 19. Back paper wrapper and preceding publisher's advertisement loose. Lower blank right corners of pages 17 on are missing. Light soiling. Overall, very good. Adams 67-15; Sabin 97575.
On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act. Every piece of printed paper used by American colonists was now taxed, be it newspapers, legal documents, or even playing cards. The colonists complained that the act was an attempt by the Crown to raise money without the approval of colonial legislatures.
The notice "To the Reader" states that this pamphlet reprints papers drawn up in 1739 by "a Club of American Merchants" including Sir William Keith, Governor of Pennsylvania, and Joshua Gee "and are now re-printed and re-published entire that the World may see what were the Sentiments and Doctrines, at that Time..." The writers advocated resort to the stamp tax in order to support a "Body of Regular Troops" under the control of the Crown and independent of the colonial governors, referring to the "loose, disorderly, and insignificant Militia." One purpose of the standing army would be conquest against the Indians for purposes of economic expansion.
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