No Revolution, No Risk
by Gabriella Percival (a colonist)
Why We Should Not Fight
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