From: Jerry Reavey
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Jerry Reavey History 67 2/2000
Weekly Assignment #5
Hutchinson cites the British taxation of the American colonies as the superficial cause of the Revolutionary War. American rebels justified their actions in the fact that the British gave them no choice. Hutchinson further contends that such a rebellion was inevitable. He believed that regardless of British action or regulation, the colonies were already self-sufficient enough to be independent.
Still, the Revolution needed fuel, and the Stamp Act, which heavily taxed the colonies, provided it. This tax was levied by the British Parliament on the Americas, made without first allowing colonial representatives to try to vote against it. This was the proverbial last straw in a long line if taxation without parliamentary representation.
The tone of this letter almost seems regretful to the British. The colonists hate the fact that the British Kingdom had betrayed the loyalty of the colonists by taxing them.