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THE

HISTORY

THE UNITED STATES

OF

NORTH AMERICA,

THE PLANTATION OF THE BRITISH COLONIES

THEIR REVOLT AND DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE.

By JAMES GRAHAME, Esq.

IN FOUR VOLUMES.

VOL. IV.

LONDON:
SMITH, ELDER AND CO., CORNHILL.

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BOOK XI.

PROGRESS OF THE STATES OF NORTH AMERICA TILL

THEIR ASSUMPTION OF POLITICAL INDEPENDENCE.

CHAPTER I.

Relative position of Britain and her Colonies. Policy of the British Court

— Severe enforcement of the existing Commercial Restrictions — Aggra-

vation of the Commercial Restrictions. Project of the Stamp Act. Re-

monstrances of the Americans. Idea of American Representatives in

the House of Commons. The Stamp Act debated in England — and

passed. Act for quartering British troops in America. Proceedings in

Massachusetts — and Virginia. Ferment in America. Tumults in New

England. The Stamp Officers resign. Convention at New York. Po-

litical clubs in America. Tumult at New York. Non-importation

Agreements. The Stamp Act disobeyed. Deliberations in England —

Act Declaratory of Parliamentary power over America — The Stamp

Act repealed. Page 163

CHAPTER II.

Sentiments of the Americans. Leading politicians in America—Randolph

— Jefferson — Adams — Hancock — Rutledge, and others. Renewed

collision between Britisli prerogative and American liberty. New York

resists the Act for quartering troops. Acts of Parliament taxing tea and

other Commodities in America — and suspending the legislature of New

York. Policy of France. Progress of American Discontent. Circular

letter of the Massachusetts Assembly. Governor Bernard's misrepre-

sentations. Royal Censure of the Massachusetts Assembly. Riot at

Boston. Firmness — and Dissolution of the Massachusetts Assembly.

Convention in Massachusetts. Occupation of Boston by British troops.

Violence of the British Parliament. Resolutions of the Virginian As-

sembly — and Concurrence of the other Provinces. Remonstrance

against British troops in Massachusetts. Miscellaneous transactions —

Dr. Witherspoon — Dartmouth College — Methodism in America —

Origin of Kentucky — Daniel Boon. Page 238

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