John Dickinson's Letters From A Pennsylvania Farmer

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Letters from a Pennsylvania Farmer Jennifer Barton United States History September 19, 2014 Letters from a Pennsylvania Farmer Before the United States gained their independence from Great Britain there were many people who disagreed with the British policies. John Dickinson was one of those people who did not agree with them. Dickinson wrote a series of letters expressing his frustration with the policies. “In these letters Dickinson carefully reshaped the colonial position, arguing that the Townshend Acts were illegal because they were explicitly intended for revenue, which only the colonial assemblies could levy.” (Kaestle 323) Dickenson was born into a wealthy family in Maryland in 1732. Wanting to follow in his father’s footsteps…show more content…
In early 1768, the letters were published in nineteen of the twenty-three English-language newspapers that were published in the colonies. (Kaestle 325) A few of the newspapers that published them include; the Pennsylvania Chronicle, the Boston Evening-Post, the Providence Gazette, the Hartford Courant and the Savannah Georgia Gazette. “The letters were also published in London by Benjamin Franklin, and then later translated to French and published in Paris.” (ushistory.gov) The letters Dickinson wrote were eventually printed as a book titled “Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania: To the Inhabitants of the British Colonies” written by Richard Townley Haines and published by The Outlook Company in New…show more content…
“Dickinson's writings were widely read and admired in the colonies, and political resistance to the Townshend duties sprung forth”. (sparknotes.com) Following Dickinson’s advice, the Massachusetts assembly set up a meeting on December 30, 1767. Samuel Adams crafted a circular letter and it was issued to all the colonies in America. The circular letter urged the population to resist the acts and, like Dickinson’s letter, it stated that Britain had no right to tax the colonies for the purpose of raising revenue to pay for official’s salaries and that without representation in parliament it was illegal to tax them.” (www.stamp-act-history.com) “In August 1786, Boston’s merchants adopted an informal non-importation agreement, under which they refused to purchase British goods.” (sparknotes.com) Dickinson’s letters led to further opposition which later led to the founding of America.
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