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TO MR. DUBOURG, CONCERNING THE

DISSENSIONS BETWEEN ENGLAND

AND AMERICA.

London, Q&tober 2, 1770.

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SEE with pleasure that we think pretty much alike on the subjects of English America. We of the colonies have never insisted that we ought to be exempt from contributing to the common expences necessary to support the profperity of the empire. We only assert, that having parliaments of our own, and not having representatives in that of Great Britain, our parliaments are the only judges of what we can and what we ought to contribute in this case ; and that the English parliament has no right to take our money without our consent.

In fact, the British empire is not a single ftate ; it comprehends many; and though the parliament of Great Britain has arrogated to itself the power of taxing the colonies, it has no more right to do so, than it has to tax Hanover, We have the same king, but not the same legislatures.

The dispute between the two countries has already lost England many millions sterling, which it has lost in its commerce, and America has in this respect been a proportionable gainer, This commerce consisted principally of superfluities; objects of luxury and fashion, which we can well do without ; and the resolution we have formed of importing no more till our grievances are redressed, has enabled many of our infant manufactures to take root ; and it will not be easy to make our people abandon them in future, even should a connection more cordial then ever succeed the pre

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sent troubles.--) have, indeed, no doubt that the parliament of England will finally abandon its present pretensions, and leave us to the peaceable enjoyment of our rights and privileges,

B. FRANKLIN.

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A Comparison of the Conduct of the Ancient

Jews, and of the ANTIFEDERALISTS in the United States of AMERICA,

A Zealous advocate for the proposed Federal Constitution in a certain public assembly, said, that “the repugnance of

a great part of mankind to good go-66 vernment was such, that he believed, " that if an angel from heaven was to “ bring down a conftitution formed there " for our use, it would nevertheless meet " with violent opposition.”—He was reproved for the supposed extravagance of the sentiment; and he did not justify it.

-Probably it might not have immediately occured to him that the experiment had been tried, and that the event was recorded in the most' faithful of all his

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