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In Their Own Words

July 20, 1774

Early Concern about Taxation

Two years before the Declaration of Independence, Georgians were expressing their concern with being taxed by Great Britain without their consent, as evidence by the following notice that appeared in the July 20, 1774, issue of the Georgia Gazette:

“The critical situation to which the British Colonies in America are likely to be reduced, from the arbitrary and alarming imposition of the late acts of the British Parliament respecting the town of Boston, as well as the acts that at present exist, tending to the raising of a perpetual revenue without the consent of the people or their representatives, is considered an object extremely important at this juncture, and particularly calculated to deprive the American subjects of their constitutional rights and liberties, as a part of the British Empire. It is therefore requested that all persons with the limits of this Province do attend at Savannah, on Wednesday, the 27th of July, in order that the said matters may be taken into consideration, and such other constitutional measures pursued as may appear most eligible. Signed, Noble W. Jones, Archibald Bulloch, John Houstoun, John Walton. 14th July, 1774.”