Fitch enumerates points, raises objections and undermines them with answers, and he continually refers to established laws and the constitution of Great Britain to validate his contention that the Colonies should not be internally taxed without their consent. His list of reasons reads like a legal document, including his use of words like viz. A quick look at the first three of his points demonstrates this professional, formal, and legalistic tone, not to mention a penchant for wordiness:
First. The people in the colonies and plantations in America are really, truly, and in every respect as much the King’s subjects as those born and living in Great Britain are.
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 hi