The Sons of Liberty in New York: A Paper Read Before the New York Historical Society, May 3, 1859

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Page 67 - Is there the least difference, as to the consent of the Colonists, whether taxes and impositions are laid on their trade, and other property, by the crown alone, or by the parliament? As it is agreed on all hands, the Crown alone cannot impose them, we should be justifiable in refusing to pay them, but must and ought to yield obedience to an act of parliament, though erroneous, till repealed.
Page 58 - An exemption from the burden of ungranted and involuntary taxes," such were the words of the general assembly of New York, " must be the grand principle of every free state. Without such a right vested in themselves, exclusive of all others, there can be no liberty, no happiness, no security, nor even the idea of property.
Page 33 - Commons ; but only from the mere Pleasure of the Prince, signified in the Commission. On the contrary, the inherent Right the Assembly have to dispose of the Money of the Freemen of this Colony, does not proceed from any Commission, Letters Patent, or other Grant from the Crown ; but from the free Choice and Election of the People, who ought not to be Divested of their Property, (nor justly can,) without their Consent.
Page 67 - British colonies, that all of them are subject to and dependent on Great Britain; and that therefore as over subordinate governments, the Parliament of Great Britain has an undoubted power and lawful authority to make acts for the general good, that by naming them, shall and ought to be equally binding as upon the subjects of Great Britain within the realm.
Page 70 - The great fundamental principles of a government should be common to all its parts and members, else the whole will be endangered. If, then, the interest of the mother country and her colonies cannot be made to coincide...
Page 37 - Barrister at Law, by his Learned and generous Defence of the Rights of Mankind, and the Liberty of the Press, in the case of John Peter...
Page 37 - Fee or Reward; And in Testimony of our great Esteem for his Person and Sense of his Merit, do hereby present him with the Freedom of this Corporation. These are therefore to Certify and Declare, that the said Andrew Hamilton, Esq., is hereby admitted, received and allowed a Freedom and Citizen of the said City.
Page 30 - Assembly of 1708, and are as follows : — " Resolved, That it is the opinion of this Committee, that the appointing coroners in this colony, without their being chosen by the people, is a grievance, and contrary to law. " Resolved, That it is, and always has been, the unquestionable right of every free man in this colony, that he hath a perfect and entire property in his goods and estate. " Resolved, That the imposing and levying of any moneys upon her Majesty's subjects of this colony, under any...
Page 70 - ... natural rights of the colonies, — their right of making their own laws, and disposing of their own property by representatives of their own choosing, — if such is really the case between Great Britain and her colonies, then the connection between them ought to cease ; and sooner or later it must inevitably cease.
Page 75 - This was distributed along the Post Roads by the Post Riders. I examined the Post Master in this place to know how this came to be done. He assured me that it was without his knowledge ; that he had examined the Post Riders...

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