Skip to comments.July 3, 1776 - Moderates Negotiate Deal with King George III
Posted on 05/25/2005 1:04:20 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too
July 3, 1776 - Philadelphia
Moderates Negotiate Deal with King George III
In a last minute deal with Parliament, a group of moderates in the Colonies have reached a compromise agreement to avert war.
The terms of the deal are still sketchy, but some details are known. An anonymous source close to the negotiations has confirmed the following:
1. Parlaiment agrees to allow three Colonies to become independent: Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania.
2. The signatories make no comment one way or the other regarding Maryland and Virginia.
3. Parliament agrees to not issue new taxes except in extraordinary circumstances.
4. In light of the spirit and continuing commitments made in this agreement, the signatories commit to oppose war with the Kingdom that would force independence of other Colonies.
We encourage the King and members of the Parliament to consult with members of the Colonies prior to enacting new taxes and levies.
July 4th - Citing an extraordinary circumstance.......
That's why they called 'em the Good Old Days.
Actually, IIRC, Benjamin Franklin tried to negotiate a settlement with the Crown prior to the Declaration of Independence, but the Crown (or likely his Ministers) wanted no terms, but total capitulation. Had the Crown relented some and given the Colonies representation in Parliament and some more say in local legislative and executive authority, history would have been quite different.
Moderates = dead back then. You stood for something or you died for something end of story.
Brilliant. Painful. Dead on.
One mans moderate is someones hardliner.
You beat me to it, re: Stamp Act.
Continental soldiers, then and now, are amused. :)
John Adams is quoted as saying, "I was not a party to this deal. Independence is still very much on the table." Thomas Jefferson, secluded in his apartment, provided a written statement: "The truth of the issue before us is self-evident."
General Washington was unavailable for comment.
Reminds me of this:
The Top 5 Differences If America Were Still Under British Rule:
5) How tough can a rapper be with a name like "50p"?
4) We'd all be speaking English.
3) We'd still be fat and arrogant -- we'd just sound smarter.
2) Everyone would spell "colour" and "cheque" correctly.
and the Number 1 Difference If America Were Still Under British Rule...
1) Without guns, urban gangs would engage in drive-by snubbings.
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