Grievances against the British Parliament and the Intolerable Acts
It has come to the attention of the delegates of the British colonies that many acts for the past decade have angered colonists, including, but not limited to, the Stamp Act and the Townshend Act, to the point of severing ties with the Kingdom of Great Britain and rebelling. However, I still believe that British parliament can solve these issues and reestablish good relations with the colonies. This is something that other delegates may not believe. The way that could occur is only if British parliament repeals the intolerable acts and acts such as those that have angered colonists aren’t instituted again. There are three acts in particular, however, that are essential to repeal at once, in order to improve relations with the colonies, and to prevent a rebellion, in which I do not encourage, to break out.
One of these acts that I feel is crucial to repeal is the Quartering Act of seventeen-seventy-four. No soldier, regardless of familial relation or rank, should be housed anywhere without the owner’s prior consent, signed on legal documents to verify the owner’s consent and to prevent forgery of any kind. This legal document is a verification step, to ensure that soldiers aren’t placed in the wrong home. A form should also be sent out to homes of interest for housing soldiers. This form should include how many persons live in the building, how many can live in the building under reasonable constraints, and most importantly, if the owner wishes to house soldiers. The soldier who lives in the home should not commit assault of any form whatsoever, and shall be honest and not have affairs with any of the women living in the home. These are honorable measures that must be taken to rebuild the colonists trust in the army of Britain. Some colonists also feel that Britain isn’t capable of protecting its colonies. This has been notably been found during Pontiac’s War, where Indian attacks against colonists occurred and soldiers had not protected colonists and disregarded their safety. Some colonists may not be swung easily, but eventually, a new generation will grow up, and the trust in Britain will be restored.
A second act I would mention is the Boston Port Act, which has punished all of Boston’s people, Loyalists and Patriots alike, regardless who was involved in the Boston Tea Party. By punishing the innocent, Britain effectively lights a fuse that can turn into a massive rebellion, a rebellion that neither I, nor Britain wants. However, unlike some rash delegates, I still believe that there is time to prevent a revolt from occurring. The way to prevent a revolt is to first, conduct an investigation to find out who is responsible for the tea party. This will filter out persons into two groups, innocents and suspects. Once suspects are found, they should be given a trial with an impartial jury, who will determine the innocence or guilt of the victim. An impartial jury should be composed of politically neutral groups of citizens, who are neither patriot, nor loyalist, to protect the integrity of the trial. The naval blockade of Boston should also be lifted, and trade should continue to flow through Boston. No acts in similarity as the Townshend acts should be enforced, and with this, trade through Boston should boom with this measure, and once colonists see this, the colonies relations with Britain should be restored to the way they were before the Seven Years’ War. Eventually, the British debt from the seven Years’ War will cease to exist, and Britain shall become a wealthy empire again.
The final act that I see is crucial to repeal is the Massachusetts Government Act. This act is what I believe to be the most outrageous act parliament has ever instituted by parliament. To alter the basic, fundamental system of government is blatantly outright, especially with the fact that the governor is royally appointed. This practice of royally choosing the governor of a particular area is imperious and unjust. The ability to elect officials and leaders makes citizens feel that they picked a good leader, unlike the system of monarchy, which is what I believe to be simply greedy, especially with a monarch having absolute control over his people. The Massachusetts Government Act gives the king complete jurisdiction over Massachusetts, another imperious practice. The practice of having to ask a royally appointed governor to assemble a town meeting is a direct violation of basic human rights. Humans should, by all means, have the right to freedom of assembly, and should not have to ask the governor to schedule a town meeting. This would also be tedious, especially in a crisis scenario. The only way to solve this major issue is to repeal the act and restore original government there. No contradictory or hidden clause should be put in a legal document giving parliament more power in the colonies either, since that will anger colonists to the point of rebellion, which would put the British Empire in even more debt than it already has.
In conclusion, all three of these grievances against parliament should be solved immediately, in able to restore harmonious relations between Britain and its colonies and prevent a rebellion. Basic human rights should be given to colonists regardless of social position, which will produce loyalty to Britain. If these recommendations are taken, then they will lead to a wealthier and more powerful Britain