The Townshend Acts

1767

The act summarized

  • The Townshend Acts were a series of acts passed, beginning in 1767
  • They are named after Charles Townshend
  • Purpose was to raise revenue in the colonies to pay the salaries of governors and judges so that they would remain loyal to Great Britain

Reactions and Response

  • Did not create an instant uproar like the Stamp Act had done two years earlier
  • Not long after, opposition to the program-me had become widespread
  • Series of twelve essays by John Dickinson entitled "Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania"
  • Argument over difference between "internal" and "external" taxes