British Friends of the American Revolution

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M.E. Sharpe, 03.12.1997
This volume is the culmination of Jerome Reich's research on conflicting political ideologies current in England and America during the second half of the eighteenth century and those English individuals who attempted--albeit unsuccessfully--to reconcile them. These short chapter studies profile a dozen British men and women, who, for diverse reasons, opposed the policy of the British government toward its thirteen colonies before and during the American Revolution and helped prepare the way for the recognition of the United States as an independent nation.

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The Stage and the Players
1
Governor Pownall Dean Tucker and Major John Cartwright Practical Idealists or Wishful Thinkers?
5
Pitt Burke and American Policy 17631770
19
Birds of a Feather John Wilkes and John HorneTooke
31
The Honest Whigs
38
The Coercive Acts and Their Opponents A Study in Futility
48
A Dire Prediction
57
The House of Lords
72
Dean Tucker He Told Them So
110
Governor Pownall Fights to the Finish
117
David Hartley Amateur Diplomat
125
Charles James Fox The Life of the Party
137
Peace Peace When There Is No Peace
152
Summary and Conclusions
162
Bibliography
171
Index
177

Richard Price Apostle of Liberty
88
The Single Legal Victim of the American Revolution
103

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Seite 12 - But, from the necessity of the case, and a regard to the mutual interest of both countries, we cheerfully consent to the operation of such acts of the British parliament, as are bona fide, restrained to the regulation of our external commerce, for the purpose of securing the commercial advantages of the whole empire to the mother country, and the commercial benefits of its respective members ; excluding every idea of taxation internal or external, for raising a revenue on the subjects in America,...
Seite 23 - Britain; and that the King's Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords spiritual and temporal and Commons of Great Britain in Parliament assembled, had, hath and of right ought to have, full power and authority to make laws and statutes of sufficient force and validity to bind the colonies and people of America, subjects of the Crown of Great Britain in all cases whatsoever.
Seite 12 - ... in all cases of taxation and internal polity, subject only to the negative of their sovereign, in such manner as has been heretofore used and accustomed.
Seite 22 - Act be repealed, absolutely, totally, and immediately; that the reason for the repeal be assigned, because it was founded on an erroneous principle. At the same time let the sovereign authority of this country over the colonies be asserted in as strong terms as can be devised, and be made to extend to every point of legislation, that we may bind their trade, confine their manufactures, and exercise every power whatsoever, except that of taking their money out of their pockets without their consent.
Seite 29 - Party is a body of men united for promoting by their joint endeavors the national interest upon some particular principle in which they are all agreed.
Seite 173 - A Memorial most humbly addressed to the sovereigns of Europe on the present state of affairs between the Old and the New World.
Seite 60 - My hold of the colonies is in the close affection which grows from common names, from kindred blood, from similar privileges, and equal protection. These are ties which, though light as air, are as strong as links of iron. Let the colonies always keep the idea of their civil rights associated with your government ; they will cling and grapple to you, and no force under heaven will be of power to tear them from their allegiance. But let it be once understood that your government may be one thing,...
Seite 52 - But then this ought to be no ordinary power, nor ever used in the first instance. This is what I meant, when I have said at various times that I consider the power of taxing in Parliament as an instrument of empire and not as a means of supply.
Seite 88 - Adams, or any of them, be directed forthwith to apply to Dr. Price, and inform him that it is the desire of Congress to consider him a citizen of the United States and to receive his assistance in regulating their finances.
Seite 35 - You shall endeavour to restore to America the essential right of taxation, by representatives of their own free election...

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