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The Plain Dealer, Numb. I - 18

offices, customs, excises, and duties enough to pay, we don’t want to pay tythes into the bargain.---Our present Charter is a very good one if you would suffer the people to enjoy it: But you seem resolv’d to enslave us, either in one government or another. You were preparing, like the unjust steward, that in case you should be turn’d out of power in this government, you might immediately plunge us into a new government, where you should reign again: And doubtless a Quaker’s finger would be heavier than his loins have been hitherto. The answer that you got from England, was that you might be able to get the government changed, “The Quakers still retain “ -ing their power.” A very comfortable answer!-----But if the people of this province suffer you thus to lead them blind-fold into a new system, they will very well deserve to be rid.---You have the power at present of making any laws for us that you please, and you would retain the same power in the new government, for your scheme is not to grant the frontier-counties any Representatives before this change. Thus, bound hand and feet, we are to be delivered up!

If you are really desirous to do this province a service and make the people happy, your only way is to grant them their privileges, let them be fairly represented in Assembly; and then when they are free men, if they desire a change

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