1769.002: Resolves of the House of Burgesses, May 16, 1769.

Published: 1769

Full Title: Resolves of the House of Burgesses, passed the 16th of May, 1769.

Author: Virginia. General Assembly. House of Burgesses.

Place Issued: Williamsburg

Issuing Press: William Rind

Description: 1 sheet [1 pg.]; (broadside).


Four resolutions passed by the House of Burgesses asserting the rights of British citizens in Virginia in response to the imperial government's enforcement of the Townsend duties and their ignoring protests of the duties. The Burgesses avowed their sole right to tax in Virginia and the right to petition the Crown for redress of grievances, as well as the legality of joining other colonies in such petitions, and the illegality of deporting colonists accused of crimes in Virginia to England for trial there. The resolves prompted the governor, Lord Botetourt, to dissolve the Assembly the following day once these resolutions were published.

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