Disunion between America and England -- Their respective Forms of Administration -- Political Theories in Vogue -- The Terms Provincial and Colonial -- Theory of Grenville -- Restrictions on American Trade -- Practice of the Age -- Royal Requisitions -- The Plea of Gratitude -- Legal Argument for the Taxing Power -- Inconsistency of Claim and Conduct -- Inadequacy of the English Coustitution -- The New Question -- Writs of Assistance -- James Otis and the Spirit of the Constitution -- New York and the Appointment of Judges -- The same Question Elsewhere.
THE years from 1760 to 1775 are among the most important in the history of constitutional government, because in them was tried the issue of how far under that system laws are binding on those who have no share in making them. They prepared the forces which led to civil war and tore apart two portions of the English-speaking people amid throes of violence like those in which most states are brought into existence. There are many points from which the events of those years may be viewed. The optimist who looks forward to a universal federation of all civilized nations feels that his millennium was so far postponed when parent and child separated, one of the two to dwell in the land of Canaan, while the other chose the plain of Jordan. But he must find consolation in the thought that millions have learned to live under free institutions in America who never could have done so
Disunion between America and England.
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Publication information: Book title: The French War and the Revolution. Contributors: William Milligan Sloane - Author. Publisher: Sampson Low, Marston. Place of publication: London. Publication year: 1893. Page number: 116.
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