Legislation repealing the Stamp Act (1766)


In March 1766 the British parliament introduced legislation repealing the Stamp Act, 12 months after it had been given royal assent by the king:

“An Act was passed in the last session of Parliament entitled ‘An Act for granting and applying certain stamp duties, and other duties in the British colonies and plantations in America towards further defraying the expenses of defending, protecting, and securing the same; and for amending such parts of the several Acts of Parliament relating to the trade and revenues of the said colonies and plantations as direct the manner of determining and recovering the penalties and forfeitures therein mentioned’…

The continuance of the said Act would be attended with many inconveniences and may be productive of consequences greatly detrimental to the commercial interests of these kingdoms; may it therefore please your most excellent Majesty that it may be enacted; and be it enacted by the king’s most excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal and Commons in this present Parliament assembled… that from and after the first day of May 1766, the above-mentioned Act and the several matters and things therein contained shall be hereby repealed and made void to all intents and purposes whatsoever.”