No Revolution, No Risk

by Gabriella Percival (a colonist)

Since the Seven Years' War, we as colonists can all agree that the British have imposed harsh conditions upon us. They relied on our funds to make up for their war debts by forcing a multitude of taxes on popular goods. Although this action can be viewed as exploitation, it is no excuse to take up arms so quickly. I would like to ensure that we do not jump to conclusions and make a mistake that will ruin our relationship with Great Britain. We could still use their protection even if we do not agree with their policies.

Why We Should Not Fight

An obvious reason to avoid conflict with the British is that their troops are the best in the world. They are supplied with great weaponry, highly disciplined, and sufficiently funded. The Empire is much more easily funded than we are. It would be extremely difficult for us to collect enough funds to get basic supplies for soldiers, leaving us at a dangerous disadvantage.

Also, there is a possibility that the British discard some taxes. Groups like the Sons of Liberty often protest the British laws with slogans like "no taxation without representation". After delegates from nine of the thirteen colonies met at the Stamp Act Congress in 1765, the British got rid of the act and instead passed the Declaratory Act. This shows that if we continue with peaceful protests and unite colonists as one powerful group, there is a real chance that change can occur without any lives lost.

Although we should continue in our protests, it is important that an event like the Boston Massacre does not happen again. We must ensure that our protests are peaceful and do not intend to harm anyone. The protestors in Boston were rioting against the Stamp Act, which is not a tax on any necessity of life. We should only object to the passing of laws that effect everyone significantly. There is no guarantee that our protests will always generate a repeal, but we must try. It is important to remain loyal to the British in every other aspect of life and only speak out when absolutely necessary. We want to be able to have connections to them even if we stand up to them.

Source: Boston-Gazette Supplement, 27 January 1766 From a late London Paper

Benjamin Franklin letter to John Hughs, August 9, 1765