The Patriots Daily Bites of American History Series 6:Repeal of the Stamp Act





The Patriots Daily Bites of American History Series # 6
Repeal of the Stamp Act; the Declaratory Act: 

The Boston Massacre:

 Destruction of the Gaspee:

Temple Baptist College Rev Gregory Dixon When news of these vigorous proceedings reached London, William Pitt said in Parliament, “This Kingdom has no right to lay a tax on these colonies. I rejoice that America has resisted.” 

The Stamp Act was speedily repealed (1766) much to the delight of many people in England as well as of the colonists. Parliament however put a sting in its repeal for it passed a Declaratory Act maintaining that the British Government had the right to bind the colonies “in all cases whatsoever” (hmmm...sounds familiar to Amendment 16) At the time the Americans did not see the full force of that declaration. They saw it when the king sent troops to be quartered here at the expense of the people. New York promptly refused to pay the bill. Later, General Gage, the British Commander of New York was sent with two regiments to Boston (1768). 

These troops were quartered in the very center of the town. They had frequent quarrels with the citizens. Finally a fight occurred in which the soldiers fired in self defense and killed several of the people. This was called the Boston Massacre. The soldiers were tried for murder and John Adams and Josiah Quincy Jr. of Boston defended them. All but two were acquitted. They were convicted of manslaughter and branded in the hand in open court. The citizens never forgot or forgave the Blood stains then made on the snow of King Street. 

Later that feeling showed itself in the destruction by the Rhode Islanders of the Gaspee, an armed British vessel stationed off the coast to prevent smuggling. 

(to be continued The New Taxes: The Boston Tea Party)

To be Continued in the Next Daily Bites of History Series

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