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What were some of the grievances against the king of England in the Declaration of Independence?

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December 16, 2010 9:22PM

All of the grievances against King George III are as


He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and

necessary for the public good.

He has forbidden his Governors to pass laws of immediate and

pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his

assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly

neglected to attend to them.

He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large

districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right

of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them

and formidable to tyrants only.

He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual,

uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public

records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance

with his measures.

He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing

with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.

He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to

cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers,

incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for

their exercise; the state remaining in the mean time exposed to all

the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.

He has endeavoured(sic) to prevent the population of these

States; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of

foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations

hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of


He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his

assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.

He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure

of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.

He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither

swarms of Officers to harass our people, and eat out their


He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without

the consent of our legislatures.

He has affected to render the military independent of and

superior to the civil power.

He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction

foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving

his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:

-For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:

-For protecting them, by a mock trial, from punishment for any

murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these


-For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:

-For imposing taxes on us without our consent:

-For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by


-For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended


-For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a

neighbouring province, establishing therein an arbitrary

government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once

an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute

rule into these colonies:

-For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable

Laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:

-For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves

invested with power to legislate for us in all cases


He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his

protection and waging war against us.

He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns,

and destroyed the lives of our people.

He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign

mercenaries to compleat(sic) the works of death, desolation and

tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty & perfidy

scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally

unworthy the head of a civilized nation.

He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high

seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners

of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their


He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has

endeavoured(sic) to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the

merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is an

undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.

In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for

redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated petitions have been

answered only by repeated injury. A Prince whose character is thus

marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the

ruler of a free people.

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