Unformatted text preview: reducing British taxes by making more efficient the collection of duties levied on American trade, he tightened customs administration and enacted duties on colonial imports of paper, glass, lead, and tea from Britain. The “Townshend Acts” were based on the premise that taxes imposed on goods imported by the colonies were legal while internal taxes (like the Stamp Act) were not. The Townshend Acts were designed to raise revenue that would be used in part to support colonial officials and maintain the British army in America. In response, Philadelphia lawyer John Dickinson, in Letters of a Pennsylvania Farmer , argued that Parliament had the right to control imperial commerce but did not have the right to tax the colonies, whether the duties were external or internal....
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- Stamp Act, Parliament, British Parliament, Townshend Acts, discord. Charles Townshend, support colonial officials