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Letter from Thomas Whately to John Temple, 2 May 1767

Letter from Thomas Whately to John Temple, 2 May 1767

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"you will have much to do"
Thomas Whately, who had previously been a secretary to the Treasury under Lord Grenville, and responsible for drafting the Stamp Tax legislation, is now a Member of Parliament. He sends both congratulations and a friendly warning to John Temple, surveyor general of the customs for the Northern District in America. Temple is about to be appointed a Customs Commissioner in Boston. "You will have much to do," Whately notes, and proceeds to explain why. Parliament is considering numerous ways to replace the lost revenue which the Stamp Act would have supplied, and Temple's new position is directly related to those plans.

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