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Massachusetts Circular Letter


MASSACHUSETTS CIRCULAR LETTER was written by Samuel Adams in 1768 as a response to the Townshend Acts passed by the English Parliament taxing colonists on the goods they imported from England. In 1768, the legislature of massachusetts approved Adams's letter for circulation to all the other American colonial legislatures to form the basis of a united response to the English taxes. This quote from the letter offers a sense of its content: "imposing Duties on the People of this province with the sole & express purpose of raising a Revenue, are Infringements of their natural & constitutional Rights …as they are not represented in the British Parliament."


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