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British Reforms and Colonial Resistance
Advertisement, New York, June 12, 1770

By mid-1770, Parliament had again responded to colonial pressure by repealing most of the Townshend Duties. The colonists were well aware, however, that not all the taxes had been rescinded. In the following advertisement from New York, how does the writer respond to the news that most of the duties had been repealed? What evidence, if any, is there that colonial attitudes had changed?

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NEW-YORK, June 12, 1770.


WHEREAS an Act was passed last Session of Parliament, for repealing the Act imposing a Duty on Paper, Paint and Glass, imported from Great Britain into the Colonies, by which a Step is made towards reconciling the Differences that unhappily subsist between the Mother Country and the Colonies. We the Subscribers, in Attention to this conciliating Measure, and at the same Time to shew the just Regard we have for the Liberties of these Colonies, which we consider as infringed by all Acts of Parliament, imposing Taxes without our Consent; Do agree, that we will not import or receive from Great Britain, any Article or Articles upon which a Duty is laid or hereafter may be laid, for the Purpose of raising a Revenue in America: And whereas the aforesaid Act, repealing the Duties on Paper, Paint, and Glass, will not take Place till after the 1st of December next; We do also agree, not to receive or import any of the said Articles, until after the said 1st of December next: And whereas the Duty on Tea still remains unrepealed, We do hereby also further agree, that we will not import from Great Britain, any Tea, until the said Duty be taken off; all other Articles which are free of Duty, we agree to import as usual. If any Goods shall arrive contrary to this and our former Agreement, they shall be re-shipped immediately. And any Persons, Masters of Vessel or others, that shall import, or receive a Consignment of any dutiable Goods, shall be deemed Enemies to the Colonies, and treated accordingly.

But that this Agreement shall not take Place until we desire the Concurrence of Boston and Philadelphia, and receive their Answer by return of Express, when if this Agreement should be rejected by the other Colonies, the Sense of this Town will be again taken.
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