On March 10, 1764, preliminary resolutions passed the House of Commons looking towards the Stamp Act.
As often happens during a war, some parts of the country prospered, notwithstanding the constant loss.
In each colony in 1750 were to be found two sets of governing organizations, - the local and the general.
England and France were rivals, not only on the continent, but in the West Indies, in India, and in Europe.
The old charters of Massachusetts, Virginia, and the Carolinas had given title to strips of territory extending from the Atlantic westward to the Pacific.
Besides paid white laborers, there was everywhere a class of white servants bound without wages for a term of years, and a more miserable class of Negro slaves.
The Stuart sovereigns of England steadily attempted to strengthen their power, and the resistance to that effort caused an immense growth of Parliamentary influence.
From William of Orange to William Pitt the younger there was but one man without whom English history must have taken a different turn, and that was William Pitt the elder.
One of the strongest and most persistent elements in national development has been that inheritance of political traditions and usages which the new settlers brought with them.
The growth of constitutional government, as we now understand it, was promoted by the establishment of two different sets of machinery for making laws and carrying on government.