Resolves drawn up by Mr˙ Peters

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MR˙ PETERS' S RESOLVES.

TO THE PRINTER: As every town seems fond of shewing their opinions relative to the late Acts of Parliament, founded upon some violent conduct of the loyal people in the town of Boston, I know not why we, who are the inhabitants of Hebron, may not also be heard, though we are few in number, who are convened on this occasion. We have presumed (after reading many resolves and some histories) to resolve that the most of those multiplied resolutions are wrong, and our own just and legal — as follows:

1. All Charters are sacred to serve the end for which they were given, and no further.

2. No Charter from the King &c˙, can be found, in which the grantees have a right to the seas, as all our Charters bound us upon the sea coast as that runs.

3. The duty laid on teas, is not a tax upon America, because tea grows not within the limits of our Charters.

4. Since they have not placed a tax upon ours, but their own specie, which they certainly have a right to do, it is our duty not to purchase their teas, unless we have a mind to do it; and the East India Company claim no right to force us to buy their teas.

5. The King, &c˙, have an undoubted right to prohibit our trade with the Dutch, or any other foreign Nation, in whole or in part, if they judge the interest of the Nation requires it.

6. The East India Company have a Charter from the Crown, and they pay £2,000,000 sterling, annually to support the Nation, only for these privileges mentioned in their Charter: one of which privileges is, that they (the East India Company) shall have the sole right to supply America, &c˙, with teas at two shillings and six pence sterling, by the pound, and no higher.

7. The East India Company have a purchased and equitable right to put a stop to the Dutch trade, in the article of tea; and if we will live without teas, as our fathers did in the purity of this country, the tax will not hurt us, nor will the tea trade profit the East India Company.

8. The Nation is profited six pence on each pound of tea consumed in America, sent by the East India Company, but not a farthing profit is received by the Nation from all the Dutch teas.

9. America by trading with the East India Company for their tea, have a great advantage, as their teas are the second growth, and the Dutch teas are the third growth, and a pound of second growth tea costs two shillings, when a pound of the third growth costs but eight pence in the East Indies. In Amsterdam the tea sells for one shilling; in London, two shillings and six pence; but in Boston at one and the same price. Hence is visible the reasons why the Dutch traders in Boston destroyed the English teas, viz: one shilling and ten pence by the pound, that Colonel Hancock gains by his Dutch trade, while Colonel Erving gains but six pence, by the pound, in his trade with the East India Company.

10. As one shilling and four pence by the pound, or private interest of these Dutch factors, caused this great waste of the property of the East India Company, they (the Dutch factors) in justice ought to pay for their teas out of their exorbitant gains from poor countrymen, arising from the sale of five thousand boxes of Dutch teas within two years last past.

11. The Bostonians are able to support their own poor,

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after Windham and other towns have paid them their legal demands.

12. We cannot find out any reasons why the good people of Windham undertook to arraign and condemn Governour Hutchinson, "for treason against his country," and those distinguished ministers, merchants, barristers and attornies, for ignorance, insult and treason against law and common sense, only for differing in sentiments with some of their neighbours — since there were a few names in Sardis.

13. Farmington burnt the Act of Parliament, in great contempt, by their common hangman, when a thousand of their best inhabitants were convened for that glorious purpose of committing treason against the King; for which vile conduct they have not been styled a pest to Connecticut, and enemies to common sense, either by his Honour, or any King' s attorney, or in any town meeting. "We sincerely wish and hope," a day will be set apart by his Honour, very soon, for fasting and prayer throughout this Colony, that the sins of those haughty people may not be laid to our charge as a Government, and we recommend a due observation of said day to all our neighbours, by giving liberally food and raiment to the indigent poor in every town in Connecticut, and also to draw up resolutions that for the future we will pay the poor their wages, and every man his due.