A group blog to promote discussion, debate and insight into the history, particularly religious, of America's founding. Any observations, questions, or comments relating to the blog's theme are welcomed.
In his 2006 article Kopel stated that Mayhew coined the phrase "No taxation without representation," apparently in 1766. Kopel didn't cite any text for that statement, nor has anyone else I've read making the claim. He may have been misled by a similarly unsourced claim on Wikipedia the year before. Although Mayhew was one of the first ministers in Boston to revive the English Civil War's theological arguments for resistance to unjust authority at any level, the myth tying him to "No taxation without representation" renders him as more expicitly political than he really was. It also attempts to ground the Whigs' political and ecoonomic argument against new Parliamentary taxes in a false theological context.
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