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In Their Own Words

January 20, 1766

James Habersham on Stamp Act

Writing to an acquaintance in New Jersey, Savannah merchant James Habersham expressed his opinions on the Stamp Act and American reaction to it:

” … At present my Heart is torn to pieces with our present internal Distractions occasioned by the Stamp Act. I must and do dislike it, but I detest and abhor from every motive Human and Divine, the Intemperate Zeal, to say no worse that has been shewn throughout this Continent on the Occasion - Surely such a Conduct must abstruct rather than forward a repeal of it and perhaps for the present put it out of the Power of the best of Kings to redress us… .”

Source: Collections of the Georgia Historical Society, Vol. VI, The Letters of the Hon. James Habersham, 1756-177. (Savannah: Georgia Historical Society, 1904), p. 53.