Dean Tucker: He Told Them So!
|•||Parliament's plan to coerce the colonies;|
|•||Burke's plan of volunteer contributions from America; or|
|•||Tucker's plan of granting the colonies their independence.|
He asked them to judge these alternatives on the basis of practicality, expense involved, the probability of solving the problem permanently, and their effects on the English form of government. 1
Tucker made no attempt to judge Parliament's coercion policy partly, as he said, "out of respect to the August body" but primarily because he was certain of its ultimate failure. 2 As to Burke's plan, Tucker claimed that it was impractical and no solution of the problem because Americans would continue to attempt to limit or ignore Parliament's authority; it was expensive because it would still saddle Great Britain with the costs of colonial administration and protection; and it was constitutionally dangerous to accept the colonists' contention that they were subject to the king alone, rather than to the king and Parliament. Tucker felt that his own plan would solve the problem simply, inexpensively, and with no risk to the British constitution or economy. 3
Most of the remainder of the pamphlet was devoted to the probable effects of American independence on British trade. Tucker once again con