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Thomas Crowley letter to Lord Bute(1766 February 1)

  • MS 2007.5
  • 1 item

The Stamp Act passed by the British Parliament on March 22, 1765 is the subject of this manuscript letter to an unidentified lord, possibly Lord Bute. The author describes the act, and the colonial response to it, as “the most important affair that has happened in more than half a century within the King’s Dominions.” He appeals to the lord for help raising “good out of evil.” He suggests the colonies be allowed to raise taxes in their own manner. The letter is signed “Amor Patriae” and, based on the signature and address, is assumed to have been written by Thomas Crowley. Crowley used the same signature and address on a later publication.