A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law by John Adams

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The passage of the Stamp Act in 1765 provoked a response from Adams and In August of that year he anonymously contributed four articles to the Boston Gazette (republished in The London Chronicle in 1768 as True Sentiments of America, also known as A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law).

In A Dissertation on the Canon and Feudal Law Adams explained that the opposition of the colonies to the Stamps Act was because the act  deprived the American colonists of two basic rights guaranteed to all Englishmen, and which all free men deserved: rights to be taxed only by consent and to be tried only by a jury of one’s peers. Adams believed strongly in natural rights, that is, those rights that are inalienable or unchangeable.

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