Personal Narrative: My English Cousin

My English cousin I hope is well and I writing you with cold regards. The issues you bring up in your letter may seem disrespectful to the Crown or just plain out absurd. I applaud you for your criticism and tact. You are entitled to your opinion. However, as a colonial citizen, I am replying to you with fiery conviction to plead the contrary! The acts and measures that the Crown has taken against the colonists are unjust, illegal, and egregious!

My dear cousin, you state that the British government sent troops to America to protect us from Natives and French colonists during the French and Indian War. You stand correct. We are grateful for these troops and the protection they provided from the remaining Native Americans. Regardless of
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He proposed a tax on glass, paint, paper and imported tea (Keene, Cornell, and O 'Donnel 101). You stated that we have been paying import tariffs for over 100 years. You are correct but those were my forefathers who believed themselves to still be citizens of England. I and most of those around me do not technically consider ourselves citizens of England, therefore we choose not pay those unjust tariffs and taxes. Minister Townshend also wished to use a portion of the taxes raised from The Townshend Acts to pay for colonial officials (The Townshend Acts). Customarily, we have held the right and authority to pay our own colonial governors. Directly paying our colonial officials ensured that our voices would be heard, and gave us a fair advantage as citizens (The Townshend Acts). Changing the dynamics of the situation surely prompts tyrannical officials, and assures us that many of our concerns may not be voiced to the proper authorities. Parliament has repealed most of the Townshend Acts, but the tax on tea. The crown allowed the East India Company to establish a monopoly on tea to increase its revenue and give life to a declining company (Keene, Cornell, and O 'Donnell 103). It is no secret that members of Parliament were financially invested in this company, which explains why Britain allowed the monopoly (Keene, Cornell, and O 'Donnell 103). They did not do us any …show more content…
However, my fellow Americans were massacred in Boston over this so called pittance of tea (Keene, Cornell, and O 'Donnell 102)! My dear cousin, would you be referring to the Boston Tea Party? We were very justified in the events that unfolded the night of Boston Tea Party. As stated earlier the Crown monopolized tea for the sole purpose of helping a failing company and members of Parliament. Cousin, we are upset that our rights as Englishmen are being violated under The English Bill of Rights of 1689 which is a legally binding (English Bill of Rights). The Navigation Act you speak of, not only protects us but allows the Crown to establish a monopoly on the colonies. This monopoly serves us little purpose but allows the great nation of Britain to reap all of the benefits through taxation, tariffs, and mercantilism (Navigation Acts). The Navigation Acts should be ignored and trampled upon. This Act has also hurt some aspects of domestic manufacturing and economic autonomy of our nation (Navigation Acts). It is quite easy to object laws and practices that do not benefit us and does not respect our inherent rights. The Crown is hypocritical! The events of December 1773 were very just! You claim that the acts British Parliament passed following the event were reasonable, I beg to differ. We should be outraged by these so-called Intolerable Acts that

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