Readings in English History Drawn from the Original Sources: Intended to Illustrate a Short History of England

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6 George III, c. 12; Statutes at Large, Vol. X, p. 152. World History

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The Declaratory Act of March 18, 1766

An act for the better securing the dependency of his Majesty’s colonies and plantations in America upon the crown and Parliament of Great Britain.

Whereas several of the houses of representatives in his Majesty’s colonies and plantations in America have of late, against law, claimed to themselves, or to the general assemblies of the same, the sole and exclusive right of imposing duties and taxes upon his Majesty’s subjects in the said colonies and plantations; and have, in pursuance of such claim, passed certain votes, resolutions, and orders, derogatory to the legislative authority of parliament, and inconsistent with the dependency of the said colonies and plantations upon the crown of Great Britain: . . . be it declared . . ., That the said colonies and plantations in America have been, are, and of right ought to be, subordinate unto and dependent upon the imperial crown and parliament of Great Britain; and that the king’s Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the lords spiritual and temporal and commons of Great Britain, in parliament assembled, had, hath, and of right ought to have, full power and authority to make laws and statutes of sufficient force and validity to bind the colonies and people of America, subjects of the crown of Great Britain, in all cases whatsoever.

And be it further declared . . . that all resolutions, votes, orders, and proceedings in any of the said colonies or plantations, whereby the power and authority of the parliament of Great Britain to make laws and statutes as aforesaid is denied or drawn into question, are, and are hereby declared to be, utterly null and void to all intents and purposes whatsoever.

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Chicago: George, "The Declaratory Act of March 18, 1766," Readings in English History Drawn from the Original Sources: Intended to Illustrate a Short History of England in Readings in English History Drawn from the Original Sources: Intended to Illustrate a Short History of England, ed. Edward Potts Cheyney (1861-1947) (Boston: Ginn, 1935, 1922), 625–626. Original Sources, accessed June 19, 2024, http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=H4E2FC3VFBNHINH.

MLA: George. "The Declaratory Act of March 18, 1766." Readings in English History Drawn from the Original Sources: Intended to Illustrate a Short History of England, in Readings in English History Drawn from the Original Sources: Intended to Illustrate a Short History of England, edited by Edward Potts Cheyney (1861-1947), Boston, Ginn, 1935, 1922, pp. 625–626. Original Sources. 19 Jun. 2024. http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=H4E2FC3VFBNHINH.

Harvard: George, 'The Declaratory Act of March 18, 1766' in Readings in English History Drawn from the Original Sources: Intended to Illustrate a Short History of England. cited in 1922, Readings in English History Drawn from the Original Sources: Intended to Illustrate a Short History of England, ed. , Ginn, 1935, Boston, pp.625–626. Original Sources, retrieved 19 June 2024, from http://originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=H4E2FC3VFBNHINH.