Drop the niceties! 36. The material is taken from Postlethwayt’s section on “Colonies” (I, 532–33). Why should a tiny island across the sea To secure his life and property from the attacks of exorbitant power. As to the degrees and modifications of that subordination, which is due to the parent state, these must depend upon other things, besides the mere act of emigration, to inhabit or settle a distant country. If the British parliament are claiming and exercising an unjust authority, we are right in opposing it, by every necessary means. This might be good reasoning, if our neutrality would not be more dangerous, than our participation: But I am unable to conceive how the colonies in general would have any security against oppression, if they were once to content themselves, with barely pitying each other, while parliament was prosecuting and enforcing its demands. are necessary to preserve the essential rights of any society, 42. H omitted at this point this sentence: “I say, the time past must be our guide with respect to that to come.”, 43. H omitted at this point this sentence: “This was the train of things begun before and we must look for the like again.”. If I recollect right it is in these words. This was an exemption from parliamentary taxation. He it is that conjoins all these individual societies, into one great body politic. It was not admitted as a legal charge, or crimen; nor the party’s letters as an evidence or testis; and by these evasions, the criminal escaped the punishment he deserved, and, instead of it, has been advanced to higher honours; while the complainants were unrelieved and insulted. References a b; This article about an essay or essay collection is a stub. But they entertain erroneous conceptions of the matter; the King himself, being the supreme executive magistrate, is regarded by the constitution, as the supreme protector of the empire. The surplus of the annual revenues, after paying the interest of this debt, and the usual expences of the nation, is, upon an average, about one million and a quarter sterling:* so that, with all their present resources, they would not be able to discharge the public debt, in less, than one hundred and twelve years, should the peace continue all that time. Hence it follows, that the first and primary end of human laws, is to maintain and regulate these absolute rights of individuals.” Blackstone.12. 2. On January 19, 1775, in Rivington’s New-York Gazetteer, the first announcement of the proposed publication of The Farmer Refuted appeared. I do not expect you will be discouraged at the apparent difficulty. With respect to cotton, you do not pretend to deny, that a sufficient quantity of that might be produced. It is very hard to catch this is theater. to a common understanding, altogether irreconcileable. I resume my pen, in reply to the curious epistle, you have been pleased to favour me with; and can assure you, that, notwithstanding, I am naturally of a grave and phlegmatic disposition, it has been the source of abundant merriment to me. I would recommend to your In democratical, in the people, or the deputies of their electing. age cannot be admitted, as a sufficient excuse for But strangely, your mange is the same Reviewed in the United States on October 3, 2016. Every dictate of policy and interest would prompt them to forward it, by every possible means. By the same method of argumentation, you may prove, that, as Britons and Americans are generically the same, they are numerically so, likewise, as your description implies. But it is by no means the case. Hence it appears, how weak, ungenerous and contemptible that objection is, which supposes the Bostonians might have avoided their present calamities, by paying for the tea. The slightest struggles, to recover our lost liberty, would become dangerous and even capital. In arbitrary governments, this power is in the monarch. Our legislatures are confined to ourselves and cannot interfere, with Great-Britain. George III’s satirical nickname was “Farmer George”, so in refuting the “Farmer”, Hamilton argues simultaneously against the King’s apologist and the King. Your envenomed pen has endeavoured to sully the characters of our continental representatives, with the presumptuous charges of ignorance, knavery, sedition, rebellion, treason and tyranny; a tremendous catalogue indeed! If we sow already as much flax, as we can conveniently manage, it is, because the chief of our attention is engrossed by other things; but the supposition is, that there will be less demand for them, and more for flax; and, by attending less to present objects, we shall have it in our power for the future, to sow and manage much more flax, than in the time past.