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British Reforms and Colonial Resistance
A Card, Number 2, June 20, 1770

Those colonists who favored a boycott of British goods found that getting everyone to agree to and comply with a boycott was no simple matter. Although colonial society was not as diverse and complex as our own, colonists' personal interests and circumstances still differed significantly. In the following broadside, written in 1770, what does the writer imply is happening in New York with respect to the boycott? What solutions does the writer suggest?

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A CARD, Number 2.

A Member of the Church of England, and a Son of Liberty, presents his Compliments once more, to those Gentlemen, who are endeavouring for an immediate and untimely Importation of Goods from Great-Britain; and most earnestly begs the Liberty, to offer them some other Hints to be improved; and to repeat and request that they will please to recollect, that the New-Yorkers, have been always honourable and distinguishable in this Glorious Cause, and that they being now foremost, in an over hasty distructive unsteady Transaction of this important Nature, may in its Consequence, appear to the World TRAITEROUS, and fix an indelible insamy on the Respectable Province of New-York;--For no particular City, or Place, under the Line of the British Jurisdiction, has a Right to break Ground, or to shrink back in the least, from the grand and sacred universal Cause of Liberty.--please likewise to observe, that our numerous Noble and powerful Friends in Great-Britain, may very possibly be irritated, and when Opportunity suits, they may resent these irregular Steps.--in fact, by our Levity, we lessen ourselves in the Esteem of all Parties, there and every where, consequently any Province; separately or conjointly, should proceed with the very utmost Caution.--the Provinces must act in strict Unity, or become absolutely Slaves.

Every Signer of the late hasty pernicious Scheme, should have his Name cancelled directly;--a suitable place for a Congress, provided a convenient Time be given for a Meeting, from Boston, New-York, and Philadelphia, &c. is an OPEN and eligible Method of proceeding; and an Importation, if agreed upon thereat, should be regular, and as general throughout the Continent as possible--the Agreement ought to be made as much, as is practicable, in Favour of Glaziers, Painters, andMechanicks, as of those who can better support themselves; and if the first of next December, should be adjudged a suitable Time for receiving Goods on board, and if any mischievous Act of Parliament, should then Exist, the Importation should be brought on, under the FIRM COVER, of a universal subscribing of Names, by all Parties that choose it, in the Nature of a Protest, to be handed down to Posterity; to show that we were steadily determined to steer clear of Slavery;--that it was not brought forward in Compliance with any British Act of Parliament, passed there, for the express Purpose of raising a Revenue in America, But thro' a necessitous Compulsion; &c.

If individuals, in narrow Circumstances, are further distressed by a small (but really necessary) Procrastination, let us universally petition our Assembly, to grant a reasonable Sum, for Relief of Sufferers;--we have the strongest Reason to trust, that Money would chearfully be granted; as it would be done to answer a generous, humane, and exceedingly valuable Purpose among ourselves,

* * * All those, who inadvertently have signed this disreputable Scheme of Importation, and cannot get their Names cancelled, should immediately sign a regular Protest against it, to cover the everlasting Consequence of a Publication of Names...........New-York, June 20, 1770.
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