In the winter of 1767

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In the winter of 1767, the House of Representatives sent a protest letter to the king.  However, another plan of Adams's–to send a circular letter to the other colonies  explaining their current tribulations–was soundly defeated, as few representatives  wanted to directly bring down the wrath of Britain. As the session wound down, many of  the Tory supporters from western Massachusetts headed back to their farms, leaving  Adams's men in the majority. He seized the opportunity to reconsider the circular letter  and after two weeks of careful debate, the House agreed. The letter denied Britain's  right to "external taxes" and the government. Britain demanded the House retract the  letter and sent another circular letter to the colonies demanding they ignore  Massachusetts's missive. The original letter, coupled by Britain's response, helped send  patriotic fervor to a new level in the colonies. It became increasingly clear to the British custom agents that they were able to collect 
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This note was uploaded on 12/12/2011 for the course HIST 1320 taught by Professor Murphy during the Fall '08 term at Texas State.

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