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The History of American Revolution

Secondly. All the King’s subjects, both in Great Britain and in the colonies and plantations in America, have right to the same general and essential privileges of the British constitution, or those privileges which denominate them to be a free people.

Thirdly. In order that the King’s subjects in the colonies and plantations in America might have and enjoy the like liberties and immunities as other their fellow subjects are favored with…(too long too repeat here in full).

After slogging through Fitch’s valid argument for why the Colonies have various rights regarding taxation, Howard’s Halifax Letter is a pleasure to digest. Written in an irreverent, sarcastic, and humorous tone, the gentleman spends his topic matter criticizing The Rights of the Colonies Examined. Where Fitch is formal, Howard is personal and familiar. Where Fitch is professional, Howard is irreverent and sarcastic. Where Fitch relies on legal documents for his validation, Howard relies on common sense with a twinge of humor as we see in this critique of one passage from The Rights of Colonies Examined, “I do not much admire either the spirit or the composition of this sentence. Is it the duty only of good and loyal subjects to obey? Are the wicked and disloyal subjects absolved from this obligation? Philoleutherus Lipsiensis would directly pronounce this a figure in rhetoric called nonsense” (Howard 534). Instead of legal documents like Fitch uses to make his case, Howard is fond of bringing up historical and mythical allusions from Lipsiensis above to others like Roman poets, Narcissus, and excerpts from Thomson’s Liberty.

While there are many contrasting elements between these two pieces, both authors use logic and reason to persuade their audiences. In Fitch’s case he relies on the Constitution of Great Britain and comparisons between Colonial citizens and citizens of Great Britain to demonstrate why the Colonies should not be ta...

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