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To The 'PRINTER OF THE EVENING HERALD.
Justification of the State of Massachusetts, against certain
censures in the British papers. SIR,
The British news-writers are very assiduous in their
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and absurd, as well as wicked, for attempting to raise a tas by a stamp act, and for carrying on the slave-trade.
The writer of those reflections might have considered, that their principal objection to the stamp tax was, its being imposed by a British parliament, which had no right to tax them, for otherwise a tax by stamps is perhaps to be levied with as little inconvenience as any other that can be invented. Ireland has a stamp act of its own; but should Britain pretend to impose such a tax ou the Irish people, they would probably give a general opposition to it, and ought not for that to be charged with inconsistence.
One or two merchants in Boston, 'enıploying ships in the abominable African trade, may deservedly be condemned, though they do not bring their slaves home, but sell them in the West Indies. The state as such, has never, that I have heard of, given encouragement to the diabolical commerce ; and there has always been fewer slaves in the New England governments, than in any other British colonies. National reflections are seldom just, and a whole people should not be decried for the crimes of a few individuals.
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