Speech of Edmund Burke, Esq. on American taxation, April 19, 1774:
Burke, Edmund, 1729-1797.


DURING the last Session of the last Parliament, on the 19th of April, 1774, Mr. Rose Fuller, Member for Rye, made the following motion; That an Act made in the seventh Year of the reign of his present Majesty, intituled,

"An Act for granting certain Duties in the British Colonies and Plantations in America; for allowing a Drawback of the Duties of Customs upon the Exportation from this Kingdom of Coffee and Cocoa Nuts, of the Produce of the said Colonies or Plantations; for discontinuing the Drawbacks payable on China Earthen Ware exported to America; and for more effectually preventing the clandestine running of Goods in the said Colonies and Planta|tions;"
might be read.

And the same being read accordingly; He moved,

"That this House will, upon this day seven night, resolve itself into a Com|mittee of the whole House, to take into consideration the duty of 3 d. per pound weight upon tea, payable in all his Majesty's Dominions in America, imposed by the said Act; and also the appropriation of the said duty."

Page  2On this latter motion a warm and interesting debate arose, in which Mr. Edmund Burke spoke as follows.