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London Merchants Urge Repeal (January 17, 1766) Is it a Primary or Secondary Source?

This is a Primary Source from a London Merchant who witnessed the event. What is the Purpose of the Document? The purpose of this document was to persuade others to adopt the viewpoint of the author, repealing the Stamp Act. What is the Viewpoint of the Author? The author was trying to convey that he urges the English Crown to repeal the Stamp Act. Is There Bias in the Document? There was no bias because the Stamp Act effects colonists and benefits the crowns treasury, this man was simply a Merchant, so he was a bystander since he was part of neither party.

Parliament Member Argues Against Repeal (January 23, 1766) Is it a Primary or Secondary Source? This is a primary source from a member of Parliament who witnessed the event. What is the Purpose of the Document? The purpose of this document was to persuade others to adopt the viewpoint of the author, keeping the Stamp Act in effect. What is the Viewpoint of the Author? The author wanted to state supporting arguments to push upon the colonies the knowledge the crown thoroughly deserves to collect taxes. Is There Bias in the Document? There is bias in the document, because since the Parliament are the ones who enacted the Stamp Act, it is in the best interest of a member of that Parliament to side with his fellow members.

Grenville Defends Britains Right to Tax (1766) Is it a Primary or Secondary Source? This is a Primary source from someone who witnessed the event. What is the Purpose of the Document? The purpose of this document was to encourage Britain to take action against their revolting colonies. What is the Viewpoint of the Author?

The viewpoint of the author is that the colonies need to realize the British crown is supporting them, but they arent feeling the support coming back from the colonies. The crown hurt itself to protect the colonies, and now the colonies need to protect the crown. Is There Bias in the Document? No, there is no Bias in this document because the man who wrote this was neither part of the affected party of the Parliament or the Colonies, hes a bystander like the London Merchant. Franklin Testifies About Colonial Loyalty (1766) Is it a Primary or Secondary Source? This is a primary source, because Franklin was a colonist who witnessed the event. What is the Purpose of the Document? The purpose of this document was to give a logical argument to Parliament from the colonies about repealing the Stamp Act. What is the Viewpoint of the Author? The author believes there should be no taxation to the colonies without representation in Parliament. Is There Bias in the Document? Yes, there is bias in the document because Franklin is a colonist, so he is one of the affected parties of the Stamp Act.