Sunday, April 8, 2012

Revenue Act of 1767 – The Townsend Acts

“Whereas it is expedient that a revenue should be raised, in your Majesty's dominions in America, for making certain and adequate provision for defraying the charge of the administration of justice, and the support of civil government in such provinces where it shall be found necessary...for and upon the respective goods hereinafter mentioned, which shall be imported from Great Britain into any colony or plantation in America...the several rates and duties...on glass, red and white lead, painters colours...tea...paper...that from and after the said twentieth day of November, one thousand seven hundred and sixty-seven, such writs of assistance, to authorize and empower the officers of his majesty's customs to enter and go into any house, warehouse, shop, cellar, or other place, in the British colonies or plantations in America, to search for and seize prohibited or uncustomed goods...” 

George III, June 26, 1767

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