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Quotation by James Boswell
I had now formed a clear and settled opinion, that the people of America were well warranted to resist a claim that their fellow-subjects in the mother-country should have the entire command of their fortunes, by taxing them without their consent.
James Boswell (1740–1795), Scottish author. (Originally published 1791). Life of Johnson, 1775, p. 590, Oxford University Press (1980).
Boswell is countering Johnson's view that the American colonists are "a race of convicts."
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