Shakespearean quotation

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed Jan 26 02:48:10 UTC 2011

Be taxt, or not be taxt, that is the question:
Whether 'tis nobler in our minds to suffer
The flights and cunning of deceitful statesmen,
Or to petition 'gainst illegal taxes,
And by opposing end them?

Alleged to have been published in the Massachusetts Spy, Aug. 14,
1770, and the South Carolina Gazette, Mar. 16, 1769, copied from the
Georgia Gazette, Mar. 1, 1769.  Seen in Philip Davidson, "Propaganda
and the American Revolution, 1763--1783 (Univ. of North Carolina
Press, 1941), p. 241.


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