Petition of the Merchants of London to Parliament, 1751 [Note – The Currencies Act of 1751 prohibited the New England colonies from printing their own paper currency & required them to reduce what was already in the system. By 1764, this was required of all American colonies] Merchants of LondonContinue Reading

Dr. William Douglass – A Discourse Concerning the Currencies of the British Plantations in America, 1740 There have been a lot of proposals to introduce enormous quantities of money into the economy. Mr Franklin addresses this in regard to the public well-being, most of which were not previously discussed WhileContinue Reading

Benjamin Franklin, A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of Paper Currency, 1729 Knowing the true interests of your country is very important but doing so is far too abstruse & intricate to do with any degree of competence. This is why it’s generally a neglected practice People oftenContinue Reading

Reason Against a General Prohibition of the Iron Manufacture in His Majesty’s Plantations, c. 1750 [Note – The Iron Act included a clause that prohibited the colonists from making finished iron products for their fellow colonies. It’s not clear is colonists honored that clause] If the Iron Act’s clause wereContinue Reading

“On Liberty” (1859), Chapter 4: Of the Limits to the Authority of Society over the Individuals, by John Stuart Mill What is the limit of sovereignty of an individual over himself? Where does the authority begin? Individuality should involve the arena of life where the individual is mostly concerned. SocietyContinue Reading

Reasons for Making Bar, As Well As Pig or Sow-Iron in His Majesty’s Plantations, c. 1750 1 – Except for bar & sow-iron, the quantity of iron coming out of the colonies won’t be very much. English surpluses will still be bought abroad 2 – Iron works in England isn’tContinue Reading

Reasons Offered Against Encouraging Making Iron in America, c. 1750 It was never thought that it’d be in the interest of England to encourage the colonies to manufacture anything that was already being produced in England. That manufacture in England supports over 200000 people in the Midlands, the North &Continue Reading

“On Liberty” (1859), Chapter 3: Of Individuality as one of the Elements of Well-Being, by John Stuart Mill Let’s examine if the same reasons don’t require that men should be free to act upon their opinions without hindrance from fellow man, so long as it’s at their own risk &Continue Reading

Joshua Gee – The Trade and Navigation of Great Britain Considered, 1729 Allowing the planters in the plantation colonies to make a profit is a solid way to maintain goodwill between the colonies & the mother country. It also makes producers here in Britain better off because they get moreContinue Reading

Anabasis (The Persian Expedition) by Xenophon (370 BC), Book 7 – Byzantium, Thrace & Asia Minor Chapter 1 – Trouble at Byzantium Pharnabazus sent Spartan admiral Anaxibius to transport the army across the straits to get the army out of his province. They even promised to pay the soldiers XenophonContinue Reading

A Short Answer to an Elaborate Pamphlet Entitled “The Importance of Sugar Plantations”, 1731 There’s a bill in the House of Lords being hotly pursued by people from Barbados looking to prohibit profitable trade between the English colonies in America, & French & Dutch sugar plantations to supply them withContinue Reading

John Bland, Remonstrance Against the Enumeration Act, 1661 We humbly address the King to tell him that the Enumeration Act will ruin our farmers & citizens but it will pretty much destroy one of the King’s most profitable colonies but not allowing us to trade with any other part ofContinue Reading

Josiah Child (1630-1699) – A New Discourse of Trade (Act of Navigation established a Mercantile trade system within the British Empire, effectively barring outside trade. It encouraged nascent industries to grow & relied on expanding territory through establishing colonies abroad. At least that was the theory… Josiah answers objections toContinue Reading

John Wise, Vindication of the Government of the New England Churches, 1717 I will disclose principles of natural knowledge, the law of nature, true sentiments of natural reason, with respect to man’s being & government under 2 heads – natural & the civil being of man Man in a stateContinue Reading

The Glorious Revolution in New England, 18 April 1689 Since the discovery of the Popish Plot & its aim to destroy Protestantism, they’ve been able to subdue heresy, most successful since the death of Queen Mary. No place is as fertile of a ground to spread Protestantism than New England.Continue Reading

Prometheus Bound by Aeschylus (525 BC – 456 BC) List of characters: K = Kratos (God of Strength) HP = Hephaestus (God of Blacksmithing & Fire) P = Prometheus (Titan, personifying science & technology – name means “foresight”) C = Chorus of Oceanids (Daughters of Oceanus) O = Oceanus (Titan,Continue Reading

Edward Randolph Condemns Massachusetts Bay Before the Lords of Trade, 12 June 1683 Articles of High Misdemeanor exhibited against the Governor & Company of Massachusetts They don’t follow orders according to the Charter & often exceed them They made laws repugnant to those of England & when those have beenContinue Reading

Massachusetts Bay Asserts its Right to Govern, 10 June 1661 Regarding Liberties We conceive the patent to be the first & main foundation of the local civil polity by the Governor & company The Governor & company are by patent & name a body politic The body politic has theContinue Reading

Royal Commission in Virginia on Bacon’s Rebellion, 27 February 1677 One thing we recommend is to decrease the salaries of Assembly members to make the positions less desirable. Here are some more recommendations: 1 – An Act of Assembly should be passed for a new Assembly be elected every 2Continue Reading