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Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania

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Letters from a Farmer in Pennsylvania

John Dickinson published these 14 essays in the Pennsylvania Chronicle between November 1767 and January 1768, after which almost every colonial paper reprinted them. The Letters were the first major criticism of the Townshend Revenue Act and critical in mobilizing colonial opposition. Dickinson made the crucial distinction that external taxation was constitutional only if designed to regulate trade (such as by the Molasses Act), but was illegitimate when intended to raise taxes, as the Townshend Act was.