THE TEA-PARTY AND THE COERCIVE ACTS (1773-1774)
IN his address to the general court, January 6, 1773, Hutchinson entered into an elaborate defence of the legislative supremacy of Parliament; alleged that the province was in a "disturbed and disordered state;" and as the cause thereof condemned the recent resolves of the towns as denying "the supreme authority of parliament," and tending "to alienate the affections of the people from their sovereign." "I know of no line," he declared, "that can be drawn between the supreme authority of parliament and the total independence of the colonies."1 His challenge was promptly accepted, and each house presented a strong argument in defence of the American theory. The assembly urged that if there be no line between the "supreme authority of parliament and total independence of the colonies," then they must be "totally independent"; for it could not "have been the intention of the parties in the compact, that we should be reduced to a state of vassalage." But to draw____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Preliminaries of the Revolution, 1763-1775. Contributors: George Elliott Howard - Author. Publisher: Ams Press. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1905. Page number: 259.