1765The British Parliament passed the Stamp Act and the town voted that it was disagreeable.Events & Anniversaries, Government and Public Service, National Events, City Government

Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. 1800, pp. 87
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Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800. 1800, pp. 87

The Stamp Act was a direct tax paid in British currency on printed materials including newspapers, magazines, playing cards, and legal documents. There was strong opposition to the act among the colonists, who believed they should not be taxed without the consent of their colonial legislatures.

At a “very full meeting of the qualified inhabitants of the Town of Glocester on the Seventh Day of October 1765,”….it was “Voted nemine contradicente [without a dissenting vote] and most unanimously that the Stamp Act”….is disagreeble.” (Town Records, 87)

Representatives to the General Court were instructed to not make any concessions that would infringe upon their liberties as Englishmen and inhabitants of the Province, and in particular that the Stamp Act should not take place, as it would “greatly obstruct… the trade and business of the province, and lay an unsupportable Burden upon all, more especially upon the middle and poorer sort of the People, and take from us (tho always allowed to have all the liberties of natural Englishmen) of the Privilege of a Trial by our Peers that is a Jury (vesting that Power in the Judge of Admiralty) and the grand Privilege of taxing ourselves which appear to be the original rights of all mankind that are not Slaves, the unalienable Rights of Englishmen and the Rights of the Inhabitants of this Province by their particular Charter…” (Town Records, 87-88)

Gloucester Town Records, 1753-1800, 1800. http://archive.org/details/townrecords17531800
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