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They expected to continue to pay taxes on trade items; they also expected there would be no more talk of “internal taxes” designed “to raise revenue” (money to pay for British government expenses). But their victory was only temporary. Founding Father and Boston lawyer John Adams (1735–1826) was one of the few who took note of the significance of the Declaratory Act. He wondered whether Parliament would “lay a tax in consequence” of it. He was soon able to read his answer in the Townshend Acts.
In the long run, Townshend meant to tighten British control over the economy and the governing of the colonies. • In a further crackdown on smugglers, the concept of writs of assistance was revived under the Townshend Revenue Act. Writs of assistance were documents that allowed British customs officials to enter and search any warehouse British Actions, Colonial Reactions: The Townshend Revenue Act 27 or private home at any time to look for smuggled goods. The customs officials could order colonial officials to assist them in the searches.
New York: Basic Books, 1999. Montross, Lynn. The Reluctant Rebels. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1950. , and Helen M. Morgan. The Stamp Act Crisis: Prologue to Revolution. New York: Collier Books, 1962. 18 American Revolution: Primary Sources The Declaratory Act Issued by British Parliament Passed on March 18, 1766; excerpted from Documents of American History, 1958 I n March 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act to raise money in America to help pay for British soldiers stationed there.