The Constitution Party of Texas
of the Stamp Act Congress
members of this Congress, sincerely devoted, with the warmest sentiments
of affection and duty to His Majesty's Person and Government, inviolably
attached to the present happy establishment of the Protestant succession,
and with minds deeply impressed by a sense of the present and impending
misfortunes of the British colonies on this continent; having considered
as maturely as time will permit the circumstances of the said colonies,
esteem it our indispensable duty to make the following declarations
of our humble opinion, respecting the most essential rights and
liberties of the colonists, and of the grievances under which they
labour, by reason of several late Acts of Parliament.
I. That His Majesty's subjects in these colonies, owe the same allegiance
to the Crown of Great-Britain, that is owing from his subjects born
within the realm, and all due subordination to that august body
the Parliament of Great Britain.
II. That His Majesty's liege subjects in these colonies, are entitled
to all the inherent rights and liberties of his natural born subjects
within the kingdom of Great-Britain.
III. That it is inseparably essential to the freedom of a people,
and the undoubted right of Englishmen, that no taxes be imposed
on them, but with their own consent, given personally, or by their
IV. That the people of these colonies are not, and from their local
circumstances cannot be, represented in the House of Commons in
V. That the only representatives of the people of these colonies,
are persons chosen therein by themselves, and that no taxes ever
have been, or can be constitutionally imposed on them, but by their
VI. That all supplies to the Crown, being free gifts of the people,
it is unreasonable and inconsistent with the principles and spirit
of the British Constitution, for the people of Great-Britain to
grant to His Majesty the property of the colonists.
VII. That trial by jury is the inherent and invaluable right of
every British subject in these colonies.
VIII. That the late Act of Parliament, entitled, An Act for granting
and applying certain Stamp Duties, and other Duties, in the British
colonies and plantations in America, etc., by imposing taxes on
the inhabitants of these colonies, and the said Act, and several
other Acts, by extending the jurisdiction of the courts of Admiralty
beyond its ancient limits, have a manifest tendency to subvert the
rights and liberties of the colonists.
IX. That the duties imposed by several late Acts of Parliament,
from the peculiar circumstances of these colonies, will be extremely
burthensome and grievous; and from the scarcity of specie, the payment
of them absolutely impracticable.
X. That as the profits of the trade of these colonies ultimately
center in Great-Britain, to pay for the manufactures which they
are obliged to take from thence, they eventually contribute very
largely to all supplies granted there to the Crown.
XI. That the restrictions imposed by several late Acts of Parliament,
on the trade of these colonies, will render them unable to purchase
the manufactures of Great-Britain.
XII. That the increase, prosperity, and happiness of these colonies,
depend on the full and free enjoyment of their rights and liberties,
and an intercourse with Great-Britain mutually affectionate and
XIII. That it is the right of the British subjects in these colonies,
to petition the King, Or either House of Parliament.
That it is the indispensable duty of these colonies, to the best
of sovereigns, to the mother country, and to themselves, to endeavour
by a loyal and dutiful address to his Majesty, and humble applications
to both Houses of Parliament, to procure the repeal of the Act for
granting and applying certain stamp duties, of all clauses of any
other Acts of Parliament, whereby the jurisdiction of the Admiralty
is extended as aforesaid, and of the other late Acts for the restriction
of American commerce.