By Frederick S. Lane
A sweeping tale of the fitting to privateness because it sped alongside colonial postal routes, telegraph wires, and today’s fiber-optic cables on a collision path with presidents and programmers, librarians and letter-writers.
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In response to the “Boston Tea Party,” a Sons of Liberty–led raid on three East India Company ships trying to land boycotted tea in Boston, the outraged British Parliament wasted no time in punishing its increasingly rebellious and defiant colony. On March 31, 1774, the Boston Port Act was passed, shutting Boston Harbor until the value of the destroyed tea (roughly $2 million in today’s dollars) was paid to the East India Company. Several other punitive laws followed in swift succession: the Massachusetts Government Act, which essentially abolished Massachusetts colonial and local government; the Administration of Justice Act, which authorized Governor Hutchinson to transfer the trial of any British official accused of a crime to a venue outside of Massachusetts (including as far away as Britain), thus making it much more expensive and difficult for colonists to appear as plaintiffs or witnesses; and a second Quartering Act, which The Declaration of Privacy gave any colonial governor the authority to appropriate unoccupied buildings to house British troops.
Through the efforts of the New England senators, most notably Daniel Webster of Massachusetts, the Gag Bill was rejected by the Senate upon third reading. The primary concern was for the law’s impact on the First Amendment, but Webster also warned of its impact on personal privacy. An individual’s right to private papers, Webster said, including those delivered through the mail, was protected by every nation in the free world and should not be abridged in this one. S. Post Office to exclude officially disfavored materials from delivery through the mails, but his victory was more symbolic than substantive.
In the wake of the Seven Years’ War, which formally ended with the signing of the Treaty of Paris on February 10, 1763, the British government found itself deeply in debt and struggling to cover the continued costs of housing and feeding soldiers in the colonies. According to George Grenville, first lord of the treasury and chancellor of the exchequer, the British national debt had doubled during the course of the Seven Years’ War to £140 million. Grenville was of the opinion that the colonies should bear part of the burden of paying down the debt and supporting troops stationed within their borders.